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Old 06-10-2009, 03:10 AM   #1
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My 14 year old GE fridge is still working fine... except half of the time when the compressor cycles off it makes a horrific clunk/bang kind of sound. The other half of the time it shuts off quietly. It starts and runs quietly all the time and the fridge works fine otherwise. The clunk sounds like if you pick up a compressor and jiggle it and it bangs on the housing, but much louder, I guess, since the internals are moving pretty fast. What could be causing this in an operational compressor? Is it a sign of imminent failure?

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Old 06-10-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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Chance are your internal springs (in the compressor) are weak or one is broken. The compressor may continue to work for 5 more years or break next week, all depends on what exactly is happening inside the compressor. Those compressors are not repairable, they just get replaced. If it was mine, I would fix it soon just so I don't come home one day after a weekend trip to find a fridge full of rotton food. Good luck.

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Old 06-10-2009, 04:20 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input. I suspect that is more expensive a repair than I will be willing to undertake on such an old unit. So I may let it RTF and just get a new refrigerator. I want to get one with the freezer on bottom anyway....
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now you have a reason to get one!!
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Old 07-31-2009, 06:24 AM   #5
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Lowes had a 10% sale plus an addn'l 10% for using their credit.... so I did get a nice new Samsung. I gave "old clunky" to some friends who will use it in the craft room of their summer day camp operation and let it RTF there. Hopefully it'll give them a few good years of service..... But for me I have a quiet kitchen and no more bending over to get at stuff in the top mount refrigerator... and 2 ice makers. :-)

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