My Whirlpool fridge (model WRS571CIDM01) makes knocking sounds every so often. See video on Reddit.

The sounds seem to be coming from near the top front of the freezer door, where the ice maker sits. I have tried running the removable ice bin in hot water to remove any ice, but this didn't fix it.

What can I do to make the sound go away? Thanks!

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    You could try using soft water. Kidding, I think all ice makers make clunking sounds. You could try putting a towel temporarily in the bin to see if the cubes dropping into the bin are making the sound. Commented Jan 12 at 6:12
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    Ejecting ice from the tray means dropping it an inch or two. Clunk. Part of the cost of having an ice maker.
    – keshlam
    Commented Jan 12 at 8:02
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    It's also possible that you're hearing a water hammer as the valve is opened and closed, though I wouldn't expect that at this feed rate.
    – keshlam
    Commented Jan 12 at 8:04
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    Mine makes some clunking and buzzing noise as well. It has operated well for 8 years. I assume that's par for the course.
    – isherwood
    Commented Jan 12 at 13:43
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    posting here and on reddit is fine, just don't post the same question on multiple SE sites. It would be nice, though, to post the video directly here, not everyone can or wants to go to every other site in the world when there's perfectly serviceable hosting built right in here.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Jan 12 at 14:04

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I have the same refrigerator.

It makes the clunking noise on occasion when the ice cubes move or fall in the tray. It is part of normal operation and does not indicate a problem.

If you can't live with the sound, turn off the ice maker.

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    Same here. I think it's basically de rigeur for refrigerator icemakers.
    – Huesmann
    Commented Jan 12 at 14:07
  • Good to know. Thank you.
    – bill999
    Commented Jan 12 at 15:06

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