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Fridge makes a clunking noise

My fridge will sometimes make a clunking sound when the motor goes on or off. What is that and what should I do?

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Sam A
Thank you for your question.

I can understand why you are wondering what that noise is when your refrigerator turns off.

Inside the compressor on your refrigerator there is an electric motor that is suspended on springs.

As the motor runs it creates torque and one set of springs are under compression and one set is extended by the running torque. If one set of the springs are a little weak, when the compressor shuts off when the refrigerator is cold enough the weak spring does not hold the compressor from hitting the inside dome of the compressor and it will clunk perhaps a few times until the motor stops, it may vary on the noise from one start and stop from another.

Unless a spring is completely broken and it is constantly rattling against the dome it is really not a problem.

If you check the sealed system warranty for your refrigerator and it is still in effect I would call for service to have the compressor replaced.

I have had one that's been running with a clunking compressor for 7 seven years it started in year six just past the 5 years warranty. The refrigerator runs and cools fine but it clunks when it shuts off.

So it is up to you what you want to do but if you can live with the noise it should give you plenty of time to look for a replacement.

I hope this information helps.

Thank you for your question.

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by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Appliances
February 15th, 2011
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Having a Refrigerator not working can be rather disappointing. While you are waiting for an expert to reply I recommend to reply back to this thread with a detailed model number to your Refrigerator. Which this will allow an expert to reply with a more detailed answer to your question.
by Manage My Life
February 14th, 2011
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