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My freezer fan is making a lot of noise and seems to be due to ice build up in the fan casing and the blades and rubbing against the built-up ice, how can I fix that?

When I open the door, the noise eases, and gets louder when I close the door again. It's a Whirlpool over 10 years old

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This is a problem with the defrost system get it sorted or you have a serious problem, first check the defrost sensor and then the defrost heater

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The motor for the auger drive runs pretty slow (about 18 rpm), it could be the drive is running continuously (unless the door is open). Check that and let me know some more info, is the noise real loud, soft, etc. Can you feel anything vibrating or running when the door switch is pressed in?

Posted on Nov 10, 2006

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sounds like your icemaker is jammed.

first ofall just feel around the icemaker and see if you can find a peice of ice jamming it that you can remove. if that doesnt work heat it up with a blow dryer until any ice that is there will melt away and it will free up..

there is one other possibility: the stripper could be jammed against the side of the icemaker in which case you'll have to remove the icemaker from the refrig and unjam it..

hope that helps and good luck

Posted on Dec 15, 2007

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ok you have a defrost problem.there are three parts to the defrost system the defrost heater which is wrapped around the evaporator cover the defrost thermostat which is mounted on one of the lines coming into the evaporator the third is the defrost timer which can be in several places most of the time in the refrigerator compartment cant tell you exactly where as i have no info on your model pull the bottom kickplate and see if there is a tech sheet there that may give you the location then look in the fridge compartment and see if you can locate it is your model a sxs or top mount

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

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sounds like a noisy ice maker, is it making ice? about $100 for new ice maker. ck warr jeen air might warr parts in that unit for2 years

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

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The problem is a buildup of ice on the plastic housing (the curved plastic bit) in the back of the freezer under the fixed shelf where the icetub goes. The fan behind this plastic housing is hitting the ice when the defrost comes on.

Unplug the fridge, unpack the freezer, remove the four screws in the back, take off the sheetmetal backing and let the fridge thaw. You can remove the plastic piece after a while and get the ice off (be careful not to remove the styrofoam insulation by going too quickly).

Reassemble and you're back in business, for a few months. I'm never buying Samsung again myself.

Posted on Sep 20, 2008

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