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Fridge making "glug-glug-glug" sound

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I have a Hotpoint fridge that's about 7 years old and came with the apartment. In the past couple of months, I have noticed an occasional "glug-glug-glug" sound, like liquid is moving around in there somewhere, when I close the refrigerator or freezer door. (There is no ice-maker in the unit.) The sound is not consistent, however, so I assumed the fridge was powering down at a certain point in its energy cycle and the coolant was moving around. When I first heard it, it was in the early-morning hours; it's currently happening around mid-afternoon, so it seems to be a cycle of some sort. The refrigerator temp is about 40F, and the freezer is still freezing things. Should I be worried?

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  1. Maybe your freezer is frost free and you are hearing water draining from the defrosting process, since it happens when you are closing a door, maybe the drain tube has some gunk build up. Under my fridge is a plastic pan, water drains onto this pan, heat from the compressor evaporates the water. I occasionally remove and clean the pan. On my pan, I collect dog hair, dust and something that forms a mineral ring, dirt?

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    1. re: Alan408

      I doubt that tray has ever been cleaned in the life of the appliance -- is this something I can access from the front?

      1. re: katydid13

        The plastic grill on the front bottom of the fridge should pop off and behind that should be the drip tray.