An update, after yesterday's advice about listening for clicks, seeing what happens if I turn the fridge on again, etc
I turned the fridge on last night, for the first time since giving up on it a couple of weeks back, since when it's sat turned off with the doors open.
In the few hours before I went to bed, the fridge/freezer appeared to have started working:
- the cylinder under the fridge at the back (condenser?) became HOT
to the touch;
- the network of thin tubes
which covers the back of the fridge outside became warm
, in the bottom third, cool midway up, and a little bit warm at the top third;
- the inside of the fridge and freezer began to cool
[this morning, a chemical coolpack in the freezer had solidified/frozen, and the temperature guage read just below 0 degrees C - but by then the the fridge/freezer seemed to have stopped working again, as I'll explain below];
- for sounds, there were three distinct ones at the same time:
(a) a mechanical motor sound, with vibration
felt on the white fridge body and the black cylinder underneath - this was a little loud, not the very quiet background hum one might expect from a working fridge, but not unacceptably loud; it had a laboured sound, with a rythmic pulse of less than a second per interval
(b) a sound like trickling water
, at the back of the fridge, particularly at the bottom, where the black cylinder and all the other pipes that are joined to it are, as if there was water running through a semi-empty pipe, or like a gently overflowing basin in a sink if a tap's left running
(c) the sound I described previously as a gently, sighing sound
; it struck me as the sound of waves lapping on a shingle beach, every 5 seconds or so (or else a slow, heavy breathing).
the lights (on and Super, which is for quick freeze, and is supposed to turn itself off once achieved) were still on, and as the doors had been shut overnight, the insides were cool; but all the sounds had stopped
, and the outside parts that had become hot
or warm last night are again just at room temperature
Does this suggest anything more of a diagnosis?
Many thanks for any further thoughts.