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Hot high side assembly and at the front door section

Kenmore refridgerator purchased in1996. Recently the noise level increase and had a different sound (akin to a rough bearing) this noise disspeared after a couple of days and returned to a normal operational sound. No change was detected in the cooling capacity.
A short time later we felt a hot section when we opened iether door which conducted from the front central partition between the freezer and refridgerator compartments.
I remover the back cover with power on, the top side assembly, Compressor? and fan motor were very hot to the touch and I never saw or heard the fan workng over several minutes observation. The top section of the freezer compartment has since lost some of its cool and we have removed the food. The fridge section is holding temperature.

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  • Harold White Jan 02, 2009

    Which direction does the air flow across the condenser?

    Is it "In" at the front bottom grill and out at the back or "In" at the back of the refridgerator and "Out" hot/warm at the front.Or does it matter?

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Replaced the GE fan motor which seems to have solved the problem.

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