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Whirlpool Side by Side Fridge fan sounds hitting coming from rear

There is a sound coming from the back of the refrigerator a few times a day. Sounds like a fan is hitting something.

Anyway to take the fridge apart and try to fix it? What could it be?

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This is because of ice accumulation near fan assembly. ulplug fridge and keep it open for 48 hours until all ice melts.

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