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There are small fans that they incorporate in those. If you can get to it put a drop of 3 in 1 oil on each end of the motor.Some of those little bottles of oil have a telescoping straw like piece that extends out a couple inches.
could be the ice maker or the evaporator fan motor.you can try lifting the arm up on the ice maker and see if it stops,this will shut off the ice maker.also when you open the freezer door to lift the arm on the ice maker the evap fan motor should start when you open the door,you should hear it blowing around,is this the noise you hear?these are the two things i can think of that could make a noise up top,if not it could be the compressor or the condenser fan motor but these are down the bottom back of machine but still could be the problem,if the ice maker and evap fan motor both in the freezer are ok pull out the machine and remove the bottom back panel and check to see if the noise is coming from there where the condenser fan motor and compressor are,you're going to have to do some detective work to find the noise,hope this helps you out.
That grinding noise is usually ice build up on the evaporator coils to the point that the evaporator fan blades strike the ice build up. i.e. Possibly an automatic defrosting problem.
Here is what you can do to find out.
1. Unplug the refrigerator 2. Remove the contents from the freezer section 3. Place a fan blowing into the freezer compartment for a little over 2 hours. THIS MAKES A WATER MESS so be prepared. 4. After the manual defrosting period with the fan then reload the freezer. 5. Plug the unit back in 6. After 4 hours recheck your freezer and fresh food section temps. 7. You should no longer hear the grinding sound
It is highly probable that the ice build up will repeat. If it does then for sure you have an automatic defrosting problem and will need to service the defrosting problem. At least you will know what caused the grinding noise.
If after all of this that grinding noise you heard is still present you will have to check the evaporator fan assembly for signs of bearing wear. If the grinding noise is coming from the compressor... bad news the compressor rotor is dragging and that requires a compressor replacement.
I am not posotive, but it sounds like you may have a piece of debris stuck in the fan underneath. You can check if you pull it out from the wall, make sure you unplug it as to not have the fan come on while you are toying. But thats what it sounds like. If that is not it, I am sure you could locate the noise with it pulled out from the wall, and go from there, Possibly your compressor, but sounds like the fan the way you're explaining it. Good luck
You are seriously frozen up. Defrost the unit completely. Then, be aware that 'window shopping', leaving uncovered liquids in the box and poor door sealing (too heavy a load on the door ... too much on shelves) can cause condensation. Defrost with hot air or leave unplugged and open for about 2 days. You'll see alot of water come out.