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Noise from back of Samsung freezer near ice maker model RS2530BBP

I have a side by side samsung fridge, it was fine until now, the freezer side makes a loud noise, kinda sounds like a fan. Behind the icemaker. My husband just left me and my son with special needs and I have NO money, so I am trying to get some way to fix it myself .. If anyone can help me, please PLEASE let me know. My son is diabetic too and needs meds put in the fridge. Please hurry? thanks so much Lisa

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  • mmercer2023 Dec 11, 2008

    I have the same problem--there's a loud, fast, constant motor sound--like a knocking only very fast--coming from the back of the freezer. It only happens when the freezer door is shut, so I'm assuming it has something to do with the cooling fan (not that I know anything about refrigerators).

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I figured out what was going on with mine and fixed it (without needing to buy replacement parts). In the freezer section, about a third of the way down the back of the freezer was a bulged-out plastic covering, held in place by four screws. The two screws on top are covered by oval plastic that pops off easily with the help of a knife. If you take the screws out, the hard part is that the bulge/cover is still going to be frozen in place. I used an old-fashioned bottle opener/churchkey to gently pry the compartment open. When I got inside, it was easy to see what was happening--the plastic fan was hitting ice that had built up behind this cover. I chipped away all the ice, and presto--no more noise!

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  • davemillsnv Jan 15, 2011

    Wow! This worked great. You really saved me some money, and my wife is very grateful too. Just to let you know, it was hard to get the cover off. I didn't have a bottle opener, so I tried using a putty knife, but it was just bending the metal on the bottom of the cover. I finally took a hair dryer and the hot air warmed up the cover, then it popped off. Sure enough, there was ice around the fan making the noise. Thanks, again.

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MMercer2023 hit it right on the head. I did exactly what he said to do (even used the bottle opener as a pry tool), and it worked perfect. No more noise = no more nagging fiance'!

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  • Gedraan May 20, 2011

    Guys, defrosting a freezer that is SELF-defrosting doesn't fix the solution, it only delays it. The issue that is happening is NOT a faulty fan, it's because the defrosting is not working correctly that the fan slowly becomes cluttered by ice and starts to make an obscene, rapid knocking noise.

    Please note: You should NOT pull off the back panel without defrosting the freezer entirely first. Removing this back panel while still frozen could damage the small seal that stops excess moisture from clogging and freezing faster.

    Defrosting does take care of the situation for awhile, just as putting some tar in a pot hole evens out the road for awhile...but this does not fix the defrosting issue with these Samsung refrigerators.

    Currently, there are items that should be looked at by a trained professional such as, the two the defrost sensor and protection thermostat. There is also a tech service replacement part that should be noted for this defrost sensor because the original white cap sensor is defective. If your sensor is not Black, you need a replacement.

    Remember, this is a SELF defrosting machine. If your machine is NOT defrosting on it's own and clogging/blowing out motors, fixing the motor will only bide you time until the next major defrosting ice up issue.

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Agreed that is the quick fix but not the long term one, for the original equipment parts have flaws that once this happens, have been reported to get worse. Total failure has been reported as soon as 2 months. It begins with the freezer reporting subzero temperatures, even though a thermometer clearly shoes over 40F inside. Manually deicing inside the freezer continually, then more frequently may not be a great future ... to avoid new parts.
For those that want to fix everything going wrong now & its neighbors about to go wrong, all the upgraded parts retail ~$700. The most expensive comes from mfr = 1 week. Installation rates run $75-135/hour, with one hour being the initial visit look-see + writing up parts order + payment/deposit.
Samsung admits no defects in the original equipment nor explanation why they are selling upgraded parts for these repairs.
Those with extended warranties are looking very wise now.

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