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Do I have a 20 pound cricket behind the refrigerator??

I have a GE Profile PSS26MSRE side by side refrigerator. Throughout the day, it sounds like I have a 20 pound cricket behind the fridge. I took a look at the back, and the noise seems to be coming from inside a circular/barrel shaped radiator like thing. I got my ear right up to the moving fan, and confirmed it wasn't coming from the fan. So what moving parts would sound like a godzilla sized cricket?

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That's the compressor. Check the compressor mounts to see if they are cracked, loose, or have hardened or broken rubber bushings. Also check to see if the compressor housing is improperly touching something that transmits its vibration and acts like a sounding board. Sometimes there is a problem with freezer icing in high humidity conditions, leading to ice buildup on the refrigerant tubing at the compressor (excessive running) - this makes the tubing insulation rigid and things get really noisy. The fix is to shut everything down, let it defrost, and clean out the defroster drain tube.

If you can't find anything like that, you may have something going out in the compressor. If possible, make an audio recording and play it for a service technician at an appliance shop - he may be able to identify exactly what the problem is.

Posted on May 08, 2014

Testimonial: "Thank you. I've made the recording already. My warranty was just about up a year ago when I first complained. Now I am past it, and the service guys are idiots. "Unload it and bring it in, we will have a look". I told the GE rep to come get it out of my house, and to shove it. Looks like they are willing to force their service guy to help me out."

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sounds like you need a new fan motor or blade

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You don't have to worry about the ice and frost, Your heater does that for you Your heater comes on and defrost every day. You just need to tighten the screws and clean up the vent where the noise is coming from but I wouldn't worry about it. The temperature on your fridge and freezer is running optimal, You know the saying, if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it....just tap the vent covers every few days.

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Remove the back panel inside the freezer (if there's a removable panel there. There is a fan behind it - may be source of your problem.

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Unplug and closely examine the area for a loose fan blade or anything that may be causing the noise. Better now than to get damage that could be prevented. Let me know what you find, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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SOURCE: A side by side GE refrigerator with a loud hum

Hello Kchoffman73,

It sems we developed the same problem.
The hum seems to be coming from the bottom rear of the
fridge.

we have a GE side-by-side model TFX25JR.
The fridge is about 12 years old.

Whats the status of your fridge ? Did it ever stop
humming ? Did you replace or repair it ?
Does it still work ?

Thanks

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