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PROBLEM
REFRIGERATOR
DOES NOT OPERATE
MOTOR OPERATES
FOR LONG PERIODS
MOTOR STARTS &
STOPS FREQUENTLY
VIBRATION OR
RATTLING

NORMAL OPERATING SOUNDS

These sounds are normal and do not indicate a need for service.
The new high efficiency compressor runs faster and will have a higher
pitch hum or pulsating sound while operating.
Defrost timer and refrigerator control clicks on and off.
The fan circulating air inside the freezer which keeps the
temperatures throughout.
Water dropping on the defrost heater causing a
sizzling, hissing or popping sound during the defrost cycle.
The flow of refrigerant through the freezer cooling
coil sounds like boiling water or a gurgling noise.
Cracking or popping of cooling coils caused by expansion
and contraction during defrost and refrigeration following defrost.
Water dripping as it melts from the evaporator
and flows to the drain pan during the defrost cycle.
Icemaker (on some models)
The icemaker water valve will buzz when the icemaker fills
with water. If the feeler arm is in the ON (down) position it will buzz even if it has
not yet been hooked up to water. Keeping the feeler arm in the ON (down) position
before it is hooked up to water can damage the icemaker. To prevent this, raise the
feeler arm to the STOP (up) position. This will stop the buzzing.
The sound of cubes dropping into the bin and water running in pipes as icemaker refills.
QUESTIONS?
USE THIS PROBLEM SOLVER
POSSIBLE CAUSE
• May be in defrost cycle when motor does not operate for about 30 minutes.
• Temperature control in OFF position.
• If interior light is not on, refrigerator may not be plugged in at wall outlet.
• If plug is secure and the refrigerator still fails to operate, plug a lamp or a small
appliance into the same outlet to determine if there is a tripped circuit breaker or
burned out fuse.
• Modern refrigerators with more storage space and a larger freezer
compartment require more operating time.
• Normal when refrigerator is first delivered to your home—usually requires 24
hours to completely cool down.
• Large amounts of food placed in refrigerator to be cooled or frozen.
• Hot weather—frequent door openings.
• Door left open.
• Temperature controls are set too cold. Refer to instructions for use
of Temperature Controls.
• Grille and condenser need cleaning. Refer to Care and Cleaning page.
• Temperature control starts and stops motor to maintain even temperatures.
• If refrigerator vibrates, more than likely it is not resting solidly on the floor and
front roller screws or front leveling legs need adjusting, or floor is weak or uneven.
Refer to Rollers in the Preparation section.
• If dishes vibrate on shelves, try moving them. Slight vibration is normal.
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