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The Noisy Cricket...from hell...

I have an intermittent high pitch whine or creeking noise that seems to last anywhere from 2 minutes to half an hour. This happens throughout the day, and has become louder over the past week now. I checked the back of the fridge which is where the noise is coming from, but the problem is i don't know what I'm looking at. I have been told it could be the condensor motor, and/or the fan by numerous technicians, but as always the sound stops when they come over. Any tips or answers?

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  • samsungblues Nov 03, 2007

    I'm haing the same problem and have detected that it is the fan units that cools the compressor. unit at the bottom rear area of the refrigerator.

    I disconnected the power to the fan unit and the noise stopped. after i reconnected the fan noise was silent for a while but returned after a a few minutes.

    I haven't replaced it yet, because i'm trying to locate the aprt number and price for this unit.

  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2007

    i squirted a little WD40 oil between the fan and motor shaft just this morning and ihaven' heard the noisey cricket all evening.i just use very little not to damged the fan motor.

  • sjsilver Nov 08, 2007

    Thanks to all of you who helped with this problem. Watugot hit it on the nose, thank you. I also tried the WD40, it helped to a degree making the noise bearable at night. The creeking subsided, but is still there. I have now begun the search for a condensor fan. It is also my understanding that there is a LIMITED warranty through samsung. Hopefully i can extort their services for minimal to no charge given the fact this device is only 18 months old!

  • bobH2os May 18, 2008

    Same problem as everyone else, but live way, way out in the country so parts and labor would have been over $300 to fix. Here's what we did:

    Found part at 866-925-PART

    Samsung DA97-01949A Motor Unit AND Samsung DA31-00015C Fan Blades. Total cost was about $50.

    Shipping took about 5 business days

    Once you have parts in hand:

    - Unplug refrigerator and pull it away from the wall so you can comfortably fit behind it.

    - Use a bright source of light from here on out . . .

    - Remove back cover of refrigerator - there are about seven screws including the one securing the water hose to the back of the refrig. Note how the bottom of the cover slides into tabs - use caution to not bend these tabs by lifting UP on the back cover once you have the screws removed.

    - Note the fan in the back of the refrigerator - to the right of the domed coolant resorvoir.

    - Unplug fan from electrical socket - it has a small catch

    - Look at the replacement fan you just got - Note the tabs on the bottom of the fan housing? The noisy one in the refrigerator is attached to the drip pan by these tabs. Slide the fan housing either forward or backward (we were told there are two models) to "unlock" it from the drip pan.

    - There are a couple of refrigerant lines in the way so you can't pull the fan housing straight out - instead "roll" it over the lines. There is an indent in the side of the fan housing for one of these lines and the top of the housing is curved to facilitate this rolling removal.

    - Once out - compare the old fan to the new motor assembly - note how and in what direction the fan is installed. Take your new fan blades and firmly press it onto the new motor spindle/axle in the same orientation. Now you are ready for install.

    BUT FIRST - if you note that it is dusty under the refrigerator, take a soft brush and vacuum attachment and clean out the condensor coils and radiator areas. Use caution to not bend or seperate any components.

    - Roll the new fan into place, slide the bottom tabs into their assigned slots in the drip pan and then route the electical line to it's plug and secure.

    - Plug the refrigerator back into the wall outlet to check fan operation.

    - Replace the back ensuring to slide the piece in exactly as you removed it - there are some "catch" tabs at the bottom of the piece.

    - Enjoy the silence and the fact that you saved yourself a lot of money!

    Bob Waters

    Keller, TX

    "Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." - Thomas Edison

  • Anonymous May 26, 2008

    Yes having the same problem. The loud chripping noise that sound like a fan. I don't here the noise any more but I know the door seals are very hot. After reading the articles, I am ordering the fan to replace it. Thank you

  • Mary Fox
    Mary Fox Dec 12, 2008

    I had the same problem. The noise was pretty loud at times where I could hear it on the second floor of my house. I ordered the new motor unit P/N DA97-01949A for the condenser. As I was trying to remove the fan blade assembly I broke it (didn't pull right off...guess I gave it too much force!). I tried to order the replacement fan blade assembly P/N DA31-00015C and found that that part was no longer available and had to order P/N DA31-00010C instead. While I was waiting for that part to be shipped I just placed a small desk fan behind the fridge and that seemed to be an acceptable substitution for the two days I had to wait. I received the new fan blade assembly and had no problem reassembling the blade assembly and motor and reinstalling them. I am very happy to say I have a quiet fridge now!

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  • ziggy2162 Jan 10, 2009

    I have same problem, I took of the lower back panel and sprayed a little WD40 on the fan spindle.  The noise is very low now, I think that I will take the whole thing a part next time and do exactly what Samsung_owne did with his refrigerator. 

  • Pam K May 11, 2010

    A little clarification please. On the RS2630SH, Is the condensor fan that you speak of the one with the white fan blades? In early November, we started to hear the fan nose, pulled it out cleaned it up, applied Wd40 to the shaft, and the noise stopped. Now, its Mid December, and the front divider panel is buring hot. we've got a fan on the back, but now I'm wondering if I need to order that "white" fan assembly or is ther Another fan behind the condenser?

  • Geo Perry Mar 20, 2012

    I seem to have found a more permanent solution to the "noisy cricket" fan motor issue. After my third replacement fan motor on this Samsung model, it occurred to me the problem may be heat build up. To test I did not reinstall the insulated metal panel that covers this area. That panel allowed the heat to build around the plastic fan motor which had been failing. I am careful to keep a safe distance between the rear of the fridge and the wall, but over one year later my condenser fan motor has not failed again.



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I had exactly the same problem. Absolutely did not need to replace the fan, simply took it apart; there are 2 screws holding the fan together, then 4 screws holding the motor together, put a bit of grease on the spindle. Done. Took about 15 minutes and the problem has never returned, it's been about 2 months since I performed the delicate "operation". I tried lubricating from the outside of the fan without taking it apart, but after taking the fan apart properly, I can see why the WD40 wouldn't make it all the way on to the spindle.

1. The fan assembly is on tabs that have to be slid backwards and then the fan assembly drops out.
2. Make sure you note which way the motor fits on, otherwise, you might end up with the motor sticking out the wrong side.
3. There's a retaining ring holding the fan to the spindle. Pull it off with pliers, comes right off... The fan will still be connected to the spindle with locktite or some sort of green glue, it just needs a bit of force but pulls straight off the spindle.
4. When putting the fan back, don't push it too far or you might break one of the plastic tabs.
5. Don't lubricate with graphite lubricant, the sound just came back ;)

Posted on May 25, 2008

  • Jtaulbee235 Dec 20, 2011

    Another thing to add about the green glue. I used a box blade to scrape off some of glue. It helps free it from the shaft. Be sure to use the rubber grommets that are on the original motor. The motor i bought didn't come with any. The motor was $20. I got it at marcone appliance parts. They are a national company


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Thanks, this solve my issue. I clean everything and i went out and purchase some lubricant and sprayed the fan shaft and enow she is running quietly for now. I will let everyone know if the noise returns.

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We had the same problem with our SamSONG refrigerator. Today my wife was taking everything out and transporting to our 1967 refrigerator that never has made a noise in it's life. That refrigerator resides in the basement laundry room now.

I took a thick oil (the kind used for a compressor) and put it on the metal that holds the fan blades themselves for rotation. The oil completely silenced my SamSong.

It has only been 4 hours but that is a record for this fridge.

My long term plan (when the sound comes back) is t cut an access hole that will allow an old school oil squirt bottle to have direct access to that part of the fan without the tear down.

This will work.

Trust me, we sleep and enjoy our home now.

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Hi, I have a samsung side by side fridge (not sure of model) with a noise coming from the fan inside the fridge. I was told by an engineer that it could be frost on the blades which could be remedied by using a hair dryer on it. I tried but did not succeed. Possibly I'm not directing the heat correcly. Any ideas?

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Behind your unit there is panel with 9 screw remove that, and you will see white motor fan unit next to condenser unplug fan cable remove the fan it is slide in and out. check the fan by turning if you feel stiff that mean your motor is going bad part number for motor unit is DA97-01949A which will cost you $34.00 and blade DA31-00015C will cost you $4.00 and with shipping $48.00

Note: when you remove motor unit it will be extremely HOT so be care full and unplug wall power

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  • topshelf10 Sep 07, 2010

    been calling samsung pretty much since i bought this model. Had repair guy here 3 times, to fix the freezer dripping water on floor to only hear there is nothing i can do about that besides defrost it every couple weeks.

    had a noise from fan from day one, and called samsung,they said isnt a problem. Well refrig got hot , and burning smell last week so shut it off. Called samsung again, said they arent having any problems with this model,and basically i should jsut buy a new refrigerator(like thats an option)Anyway i got a repair company, and they charged me 86 to come here,(which will come off bill if i use them)well they called today and said it will be 325 for part and labor

    After looking at this site, i found part and 2 day shipping for 48.00,took me literally 5 minutes to get old fan out. So i called repair company and gave them a piece on my mind on how they can charge 280 labor for a 5 minute job and hung up the phone

    I am filing a complaint with the better business about samsung and thier **** product


Thanks!!!! this solved what seemed to be a biger problem! I guess when the noice comes back it would be a good indicator to clean the floor underneath the fridge! THANKS SO MUCH!

Posted on Jul 28, 2008

I priced the part for this condenser fan unit and the lowest I found was for $40 bucks. but funny thing is out of frustration and thinking there has to be something simple and cheap to try to stop the noise.
I pulled out a can of WD40 and squirted just a little along the shaft between the fan and the motor itself, and guess what? the noise is gone! Atleast for now. its been several hours now, and i have not hear a single thing. very peaceful :-).

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It's the condenser fan I have the same problem which means it is probably a manufacturing defect .

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  • wtkidz Nov 07, 2007

    I ordered the part for The Samsung was made by Maytag. Maytag got bought by Whirlpool and whirlpool no longer cariies the parts You are limited to whoever has the parts in stock... Maybe someone can use another motor in it.

    Found it on line

    Here is the place..

    Got it in next day via ground but they are in PA I am in VA.


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There is a cover on the lower part of the back of the refidgerator held on with screws.
Inside this compartment you will see the condenser fan motor and compressor.(the compressor is the large black ball with the copper lines going to it) If you can get behind it when it is making the noise you should be able to tell where it is coming from.
Do not leave the cover off with the unit running as this will cause it to heat up more than it should. You can just leave a couple of screws holding it so that you can take it off quikly when you hear the noise.
The condenser fan is the most likely culprit to cause noise but it could be the copper refrigerant lines vibrating against something also. You can usually stop the noise by placing your hand on different ones if that is the problem. Just be careful, some of the components get pretty hot back there.

Posted on Nov 01, 2007

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    Just wanted to follow up on your fridge problem and see what you found out.



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