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GE Profile side-by-side GSS23GSB SS constantly BUZZING

My GE Profile side-by-side refrigerator (model # GSS23GSB SS) which came with our new build house in late 2005, is making a continual loud buzzing noise. It appears to be coming from the freezer side. I noticed this last night and found the ice bin overflowing and the water guide which is used to direct the water into the ice tray had been dislodged. I dumped the ice and put the guide back in place. The noise stopped. I woke up this morning and it is doing it again. It does seem like it is related to the ice maker but I am not sure. Any suggestions? Thanks!!

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  • Anonymous Nov 15, 2008

    There is a loud noise coming from the freezer. I checked the ice tray and it is full. The noise stops as soon as the doors are open. I beleive the noise is coming from the ice maker. Any suggestions.

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Replace Evaporator motor .

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suspect you have a problem with the defrost system and hence the noise with the fan. take back panel off inside the freezer and if i'm right, melt ice off with a hairdryer. get back to me to say the results if you want

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Sound like the freon charge is low, have it serviced and check for leaks. Might be time for a new fridge.

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SOURCE: The ice cube tray in the automatic ice maker

Good day,
Sounds like a bad water valve located in the rear bottom of the machine. (not shutting down properly).
Solution is to replace the valve.
In extremely rare cases it can be a faulty ice maker.
The ice maker sends power to the water valve for 7 seconds on each cycle. If the circuit board in the ice maker malfunctions, it could cause this problem.
But again, very rare.

Posted on Dec 04, 2009

Testimonial: "I replaced the water valve, and the over fill problem did not go away. I guess my next step is to replace the ice maker itself."

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