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Noisy fan in fridge

I have a new Mitsubishi fridge i have gone from and old manual defrost to a cyclic defrost and i am finding the noise from the fan loud and annoying
i have had a repair person a round to chk it and he says it is a normal sounding fan can you tell me is a fan in a cyclic defrost louder than a fan in a frost free and is there any way of making the fan quiter

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Most likely to be a buildup of ice around the fan

Posted on Dec 18, 2007

  • henrygracer Apr 09, 2011

    I have a fisher paykell 2 door fridge. The fan suddenly started to shriek and then go quieter. Turned out to be ice buildup. I removed the back of the freezer compartment to access the fan, but probably the problem could have been solved byemptying the fridge,turning it off, for a while.,without disembling anything.
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