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Whining sound from motor on Frigidaire upright freezer

My 6 year old Frigidaire upright freezer (ModelFFU20FC6AW) motor or fan makes a noisy, whining sound at times. It is in an unheated, uncooled, detached garage. Of course, the temperature outside is currently very hot.

Sometimes I can unplug it for a few minutes and when I plug it back in it runs normally. Seems to be "whining" more often lately, like the fan or motor cannot get going well. Temperature alarm and light are not coming on. Seems to still be freezing food OK. Any idea what it might be and what it would take to fix?

Also, is it really necessary to buy a freezer specifically for placement in an unheated garage? Or will most freezers operate well in the house and in a garage?

Any help is appreciated.

Dave

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Hi: It sounds like you bought a frost free freezer as it has a fan. The fan will come on to circulate the air. It will not necessarly run continuosly. The noise is most likely coming from the fan. I sold Frigidaire freezers for years and they are noisy compared to a refridgerator. If you think it is louder than it was when you bought it, I would replace the circulating fan. Also look at the back wall for frost as it could be a bad defrost heater blocking it with ice. Most likely just the fan though. Since it's in a detached garage,and you won't have to put up with the noise inside your house, it could run a while before failing. The fact it's getting cold is a very good sign.Also as you asked 2'nd, a freezer is ok in an unheated garage. Don't put a refrigerator in there. Unless It is a Whirlpoll Gladiator that is designed for such applications. Use www.searspartsdirect.com to find out where the fan is if you feel it is necessary to replace it. Its not a tough job if you are handy. Their shipping is expensive so you might want to buy it locally.

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