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Normal Operating Sounds - Kenmore 253.6152 Series Use & Care Manual

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Normal Operating Sounds
Understanding
the sounds you may hear
Your new high-efficiency
refrigerator
may make unfamiliar
sounds. These are ail normal
sounds and soon will become
familiar
to you. They also indicate
your refrigerator
is
operating
as designed.
Hard surfaces,
such as vinyl or
wood floors, wafts, and kitchen cabinets
may make sounds
more noticeable.
Listed below are descriptions
of some
of the most common sounds you may hear, and what is
causing
them.
NOTE
Rigid foam insulation is very energy
efficient,
but is not a
sound insulaton
A.
Evaporator
The flow of refrigerant
through
the evaporator
may
create a boiling
or gurgling
sound.
B. Evaporator
Fan
You may hear air being
forced
through the refrigerator
by the evaporator
fan.
C. Defrost Heater
During defrost
cycles, water
dripping
onto the defrost
heater may cause a hissing or sizzling sound. After
defrosting,
a popping
sound may occur.
IMPORTANT
During
the automatic
defrost
cycle,
you
may
notice
a
red glow
in the vents
on the back
wail
of your
freezer
compartment. This is
normal
during
the defrost
cycle.
D. Automatic
Icemaker
If your refrigerator
is equipped
with an automatic
ice
maker, you will hear ice cubes falling
into the ice bin.
E. Cold Control & Defrost Timer or Automatic
Defrost Control
These parts can produce
a snapping
or clicking
sound
when turning
the refrigerator
on and off. The timer also
produces
sounds similar to an electric
clock.
F. Condenser Fan
If condenser
coils are located
underneath
your
refrigerator
as shown in the drawing
at the left, you
have a condenser
fan. You may hear air being forced
through
the condenser
by the condenser
fan.
G.
Compressor
Modern,
high-efficiency
compressors
operate
much
faster than older models. The compressor
may have a
high-pitched
hum or pulsating
sound.
H. Water Valve
If your refrigerator
is equipped
with an automatic
ice
maker, you will hear a buzzing
sound as the water
valve opens to fill the ice maker during
each cycle.
I.
Drain
Pan (Non-removable)
You may hear water
running into the drain pan during
the defrost
cycle. The drain pan will be located
on top
of the compressor
for air-cooled
condensers
(black
coils on back of refrigerator).
J.
Condenser Coils (Fan-cooled
models only)
You may hear air being forced through the condenser coils.
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