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Kenmore refrigerator goes wacka-da-boop!


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#1 neko de aru

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:05 PM

Dear All,

I have a 1989 Kenmore fridge, model # 8790682. Works fine, but whenever (what I suspect is) the compressor cycles off, it makes a sound like WACKA-DA-BOOP, fairly loud.

Am I losing my compressor? Is it the bearings? Or just a loose bolt?

 

 


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Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:13 PM

Model number? Should start 106. 253. or 363. followed by 7 or 8 digits. It should be on a label inside your refrigerator compartment, usually on the left hand side.

Sounds very like a broken spring inside your compressor, but give us that all-important number so we can make a reasoned assessment and give you some ideas on where to look.

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:24 PM

Sorry, the model # starts with 106.

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:36 PM

This a Whirlpool Ref. with a Kenmore name on it.  The first thing to suspect is the broken spring inside of the compressor.  You could also have bad rubber mountings under the compressor feet or a freon line hitting something.  You would need to pull the box out and remove the bottom panel to see exactly where the noise if coming from.
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Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:39 PM

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Older Whirlpool-build top freezer, simple and robust. There should be a panel at the lower rear which you can remove, see if you can pin down where the noise is coming from.

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 02:35 PM

So if the chief culprit is a broken spring inside the compressor, what should I do? Have it fixed, or buy a new fridge? I understand a compressor replacement is not something I can do myself.

I love the fridge; even the icemaker continues to work flawlessly.

 


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Posted 11 May 2005 - 06:13 PM

If it is the compressor the repair would be several hundred $. This is not something you could do yourself and probably would not want to pay to have repaired at around $700.00 give or take.  All you could do is run it till the compressor bites the dust or replace the ref.
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Posted 11 May 2005 - 06:22 PM

I generally do this type of job for about 350 to 450 bucks including the parts (compresser, Filter/ dryer, and a half pound of refrigerant). If its R-12 the job gets costlier, however R-414B is a good substitute. Just be sure that is fed in via liquid so it wont fractionate.

Thers a lot of expensive equipment used in this kind of job, its exacting and time consuming work, so expect to pay a handsome fee for it.

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 09:00 PM

Unplug your fridge,give your compressor a good shake.If it's a bad spring, you'll hear it clank!  I'd let it run till something else happens, then make a decision about fixing it.

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 05:57 AM

Thanks to everyone who responded for all the good advice. 

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 09:04 AM

Don't border to get it fix since it already 16 years old.
Save the money for an new one which is more efficicieny.
Your old one could use more than twice amount of electricity.




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