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Refrigerator Compressor Clunking Noise


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Posted 31 January 2011 - 10:58 PM

My refrigerator is a year and a half old Whirlpool side-by-side. It makes a "clunking" sound for 10-30 seconds. The problem seems intermittent and I can tie it to a specific event. I pulled out the refrigerator and noticed that happens when the compressor is working. I have been the compressor wobbling back and forth when it makes this noise. It starts wiggling back and forth and then it "clunk...clunk...clunks" about 4 times per second.
I was able to capture it on video here (), but you can't really see the compressor. By the video you can tell the noise starts loudly and slowly gets quieter. Even more strangely, when I pull the fridge out, it doesn't seem to make the noise anymore.
Is this a compressor spring problem or something else?
Please help me! Thanks!

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 11:01 PM

You be needin' a new compressor

Model number ?

Edited by kdog, 31 January 2011 - 11:01 PM.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 11:22 PM

Ooops---Model Whirlpool Conquest ED5LTAXVL00

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 11:32 PM

Try here: http://www.repaircli...be-kit-/1450971


Edited by Mrs. Samurai, 15 May 2013 - 07:47 PM.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 11:40 PM

Out of curiousity - Is it a spring in the compressor that is broken or something else?

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 11:43 PM

Yes, but springs and motor are hermetically sealed in compressor case and non-serviceable
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 11:49 PM

Thanks so much for your help. One last question -
Do you have a ballpark estimate to have the compressor replaced? Seems like a pretty involved job.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 11:56 PM

$300.00 plus


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Posted 01 February 2011 - 12:30 AM

1.5 years old. Don’t you have a warranty?

System work is $$$$$$$. With a good chance of a call back in 3-6 months.

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 08:47 AM

1.5 years old. Don’t you have a warranty?

System work is $$$$$$$. With a good chance of a call back in 3-6 months.


Have you seen any of the new warranties on refrigerators in the last 5 years???

Very seldom if every do you get any more then the standard full 1 years parts
and labor warranty any more, (Oh how much the manufactures believe in their products!!!!!).

I believe possibly a few of the high end units SubZero especially have the extended 10-12 year
warranty on the sealed system still. Used to be you could expect to have at least a 5 year parts
only extended warranty on sealed system repairs.
William Burk (Willie)
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