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Freezer blower fan is making a howling noise when fan speed varies. At a certain rpm the fan makes a whirrling noise. The sound is not constant, but usually acts up in the evening. I have visually confirmed that it is the fan, but not positive which part would need to be replaced. Through research, i have found that it could be the "board" that needs to be replaced.

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    Freezer fan makes a soft whistling noise. Tried moving items around to minimize any obstacles to air moving freely. but it still whistles.

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It is very common for the fan inside the freezer to develop a loud noise as it runs. Its in an environment that is hard on them, cold, wet. Its a small and simple motor, and you are right in believing there will be more problem in the future, as the stator is probably touching the housing. It has a sleeve type bearing, and its probably worn a little causing the shaft to wobble. Eventually it will stop completely and the freezer will get warm.

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Ok nx , I will try to help you .
1 ) unplug the refrig , and on the back , remove the panel covering the
board.
2 ) unplug the blue conector on the board , with 3 larger wires connected to it . looking at the connector , you will see
wire1 , wire2 , space , wire3 .
3 ) find a short piece of insulated wire , and strip both ends about 1/2 inch , and insert one end into wire2 , and the other into wire3 . Leave the connector unplugged .
4 ) plug in the refrig . After about 1 min , look inside the freezer , at the bottom , looking for a red glow . If no red glow , then the problem is the heater or defrost thermostat ( the 1" cylinder , with a pink and blue wire going to it , clipped to the top right on the coils ) . If you replace the heater , replace the defrost thermostat also .
5 ) if you do get a red glow , then the # 4 thermistor is probably bad . This is the 1" white torpedo looking piece , with 2 wires going to it , clipped on the top left of the coils . This thermistor works off resistance by coldness , and sends the signal to the control board . When the control board registers this resistance for so long , it will go into the defrost cycle , causing the heater to come on .

The fan howling , could be from trying to pull air up thru the frosted coils. The # 5 thermistor , located at the bottom of the freezer , slightly foreward of the drain , inserted into a holder , with 2 white wires going to it , tells the control board what the freezer temp is . This thermistor , could be bad , varying the resistance message to the control board , causing the fan speed fluctuations .



Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Howling noise from freezer fan, GE side-by-side

Replace the fan, Remove the evaporator cover in the back of freezer, and probably another cover for the fan. Unplug your refer first. Usually their are two screws holding the fan bracket to the wall or mount. disconnect the wires, and replace. Their is a newer model evap fan motor that does not have wiring terminals to disconnect, it is hard wired together and you have to practically remove everything in the freezer compartment to get at it. You have to cut wiring and splice the new fan motor in. Fairly tough job. Usually an evaporator fan motor bearing fails from the refer being moved or in storage for a few days at least with the doors closed and the unit unplugged. This allows all that moisture that was in the freezer to get into the metal parts of the fan motor and cause this problem. To prevent this always block the doors open if your refer is going to be off for a few days. This will allow the unit to dry out without damage. Sometimes it was just a bad motor from the factory. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists

Posted on Dec 17, 2009

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Ok nx , I will try to help you .
1 ) unplug the refrig , and on the back , remove the panel covering the
board.
2 ) unplug the blue conector on the board , with 3 larger wires connected to it . looking at the connector , you will see
wire1 , wire2 , space , wire3 .
3 ) find a short piece of insulated wire , and strip both ends about 1/2 inch , and insert one end into wire2 , and the other into wire3 . Leave the connector unplugged .
4 ) plug in the refrig . After about 1 min , look inside the freezer , at the bottom , looking for a red glow . If no red glow , then the problem is the heater or defrost thermostat ( the 1" cylinder , with a pink and blue wire going to it , clipped to the top right on the coils ) . If you replace the heater , replace the defrost thermostat also .
5 ) if you do get a red glow , then the # 4 thermistor is probably bad . This is the 1" white torpedo looking piece , with 2 wires going to it , clipped on the top left of the coils . This thermistor works off resistance by coldness , and sends the signal to the control board . When the control board registers this resistance for so long , it will go into the defrost cycle , causing the heater to come on .

The fan howling , could be from trying to pull air up thru the frosted coils. The # 5 thermistor , located at the bottom of the freezer , slightly foreward of the drain , inserted into a holder , with 2 white wires going to it , tells the control board what the freezer temp is . This thermistor , could be bad , varying the resistance message to the control board , causing the fan speed fluctuations .



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