Our Jennaire side by side built-in is only three years old but the temp. controls were always going haywire so we had both electronic panels replaced about two weeks ago. Since then (I think since then) there is a consistent low humming noise coming from the freezer side. It stops when I open the the freezer door, only to restart again 10 seconds after I close the freezer door. If I am busy I don't think about it, but while trying to read the paper on a quiet Sunday morning, it drives me batty! I never noticed it prior to the frige being "fixed". Any advise?
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Re: humming noise coming from Jennaire built in
Is the unit touching another apliance or unit touching it as the contact can produce sound as it vibrates on something else if it is not touching something else then the unit probably isnt level it should havfeet on the bottom that turn round to allow you to get the unit level you will need a spirit level to do this and put it running side to side and get it level then do it front to back and get it level on getting it level the noise should stop if the noise dont stop then it is probably just a noisy motor there is nothing you can do about this as they sometimes are noisy but if noise stops when you open door then the unit is probably not level and opening the door balacnes the weight distribution and levels the unit and therfore stops the sound i would try balancing the unit first or make sure it is not touching anything else hope this solves oyur problem good luck...........................
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You have to isolate this problem. It could be one of three things. The compressor, the condenser fan motor or the water valve that feeds the ice maker and wtaer dispenser. Also if the high pitch sound is compared to that of a bird then it is definitely the condenser motor. To isolate the problem take the back cover off. LISTEN FOR THE HIGH PITCHED/HUMMING NOISE! Use a flash light and see if you can tell where it is coming from while it is doing the noise. Dont try this unless you know what your doing. Stop the condenser fan blade with the end of a hard object, but stop it gradually. Dont try this cause you might brake/bend the blade. But if you did and the noise stop then you figured out your problem. If not ythen disconnect the water valve. It has to doulble harness wires attached to it. if problem still exisit then it has to come from the compressor. Unless you have a warranty then theres nothing no one can do except change it. $300-400 job easily.
Finally called a service technician. He said the compressor was bad and needs replacing. Fortunately, I'm in the 2nd - 5th year of my limited warranty so parts and labor are covered. He also said that the FRS26R4A is "junk" and it helps to support his family.
You said, you have a ticking noise in your 30 year old refrigerator?
Before we get started here.
Do you know thee efficiency difference between your fridge and any new one? My fatherly advice is do not put another nickle in to your fridge. You are putting good money in to bad!
Unfortunately you all ready spent the cost of a new one in the past ten years on electricity. Today's new refrigerators will pay for them self in a few years and then be a hell of a lot less on your electric bill. The change from a 30 year old fridge to today's models WILL show up on your electric bill!!!!!
I just read this article that you may find interesting.
Repair or replace? When to pull the plug on your old refrigerator
It nearly always makes sense to undertake simple do-it-yourself repairs, such as replacing a gasket on a refrigerator or a freezer.
Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems in the owner's manual.
Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model? The answer depends mostly on the age of your refrigerator, how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.
Follow these guidelines:
When a repair makes sense.
If your refrigerator is under warranty or less than four years old (three years for top-freezers), paying for a repair makes sense. Note that refrigerators under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician; readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.
When a repair might be a wise choice.
If your refrigerator is out of warranty and is four to seven years old, it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair. But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage, given that today's models are quieter and have added features. Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008, are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent more efficient than those built before 1993.
When it pays to replace.
The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new refrigerator. Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive top-freezer refrigerator six or more years old or a bottom-freezer or side-by-side eight or more years old.
Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent of a refrigerator you replace is likely to end up in a landfill.
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if you have ice buildup then the fridge may be low on freon. or there is dust clogging around the pump or fan is not running. remove the bottom or back and look around the compressor. see that the fan is running.
Sounds like the freezer fan is rubbing some wires or possible some foam insulation around the fan. I would look into the freezer compartment fan and go from there. The fan Will Shut off when you open the doors. Let me know how you make out and if you need anymore help.