October 26, 2007, Newsletter Issue #64: My Fridge Rattles

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A noisy fridge can have several different causes, some part of normal operation of your refrigerator parts. Rattling is one of the more suspect noises, but the annoyance factor is often higher than the fix-it-quick factor. Rattling can be caused by a Sub Zero, Amana or other refrigerator part called the condenser fan. If the blades on the fan are dirty, this can make the fan rattle as it spins. You should also double check and slightly adjust the drain pan. This refrigerator part can rattle and hum if it is in just the wrong place. A minor adjustment should correct the noise problem if indeed that is the source of the sounds. The defrost timer has a motor that can develop a noise problem, but unfortunately the only way to silence the motor is to replace it. Unless you absolutely can't stand the sound this refrigerator part makes, you're better off waiting til it goes bad before pulling it out of the fridge.

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