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GE Refrigerator PSS26MSRDSS - loud fan / buzzing noise around the ice maker

PSS26MSRDSS / GE Profile / Side by Side Refrigerator

There was a loud buzzing/humming noise around the ice maker. Unplugged for a few minutes, plugged back up, but still continued. Noticed a very small amount of frost inside the freezer. The temperature display was blank.

What has seemed to fix the problem is resetting the ice maker.

  • Took the tray out
  • Set the ice maker to off
  • Manually spun the metal to turn/dump the ice from the freezing tray
  • After about 20 seconds, turned the ice maker to on
  • Pushed the paddle in 5 times with about 1 second between pushes
  • Replaced the tray

Seems like the noise was due to ice build up on fan. This reset seems to have got the defrost system going again and so far so good. In addition, while doing this I took off the plastic cover on the front bottom of the fridge and cleaned out the dust and grime off the molex electrical connectors.

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