(I don’t recall whether they occur early, mid or late in the compressor cycle. I also can’t give very specific info as to how frequently this happens, but I don’t recall it more than once per compressor cycle, and it seemed to happen everyday or so, but not necessarily every time the unit cycled on. This is a 2nd fridge stored in an out of the way place, so it is only noticed when the sound bothers us. If someone needs that info to diagnose this problem, I’ll take better note of that stuff.)
It might help to know that we have been using this fridge mostly as a 2nd freezer, and so the freezer unit was stuffed very full, while the fridge unit was almost completely empty.
Does this sound like something that was probably occurring because we had the appliance loaded in such an unbalanced manner (ie too much cooling power going to a freezer unit that had no where to put the extra cold), with the freezer unit freezing up somehow? Or is this a sign of a refrigerator on its last legs. Is this a DIY repairable thing? (Or should I just try loading both units more normally and see if the noises go away?)
We are thinking of donating the ‘fridge to one of those groups that helps disadvantaged people, but we wouldn’t do that if this noise is a serious or expensive problem and/or a sign of a failing unit.
Also, if we didn’t donate this away, is it OK to keep a 2nd fridge that is only plugged in and used occasionally (like for holidays)? Do they deteriorate faster when not constantly used? (Such as from seals drying out or whatever?)
Your advice and recommendations are appreciated - even if all I get are comments telling us that if I just let the poodle out of the freezer the problem will go away!