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GE GSL25JFR Freezer fan noise.

My GE is 2 1/2 years old and works fine. However, about a week ago, the fan in the freezer compartment started making a soft howling noise (like wind blowing through pine trees). I pulled the unit out and cleaned out all the dust (which was minimal) and then took the ice maker and light housing out of the freezer to get to the source of the sound. I found that the fan in the freezer compartment was making the noise but could not find a reason for it. I did notice that the fan is speeding up and slowing down about every 3-5 seconds. at the higher RPMs is when the "howling" sound is made and the slower speed it makes a humm. Nothing is touching the fan and I don't know if the speed change is normal. The temperature is normal in both the fridge and freezer and everything else seems to be working fine. I am just concerned that this is the beginning of a problem and would like to fix it before it is an issue.

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  • QQCHO Jan 07, 2008

    My GE refrigerator model is GSS25SGRFSS and I'm having the same problem of the freezer fan howling and the fan speed surging every 3 to 5 seconds to higher speeds and then back to lower speed. My unit is also about 2.5 years old and is stainless steel doors with black sides.

    The problem seems to be the fan, which most likely is the same on both units.

  • robdom Jan 19, 2008

    We are experiencing the same problem, the whistling noise and the fan cutting on and off continously. Emailed GE repair and they said could be too much food in the fridge, door left open for more than 3 minutes, or happens when you first plug-in. None of these are our accurate in our case. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.


  • hank10 Jan 30, 2008

    ....and which direction would be the right direction?

  • sammy51 Feb 19, 2008

    Same problem on a GE GSC23LSRB, 3yr old, fan is speeding up, slowing down and making the howling noise. Pulled the unit out, took the back cover plate off, vacuumed the coils, everything else looked good, then removed all the items inside the freezer compartment, found it was still making the noise. I guess I'll check with my local appliance supplier about getting a new fan to replace.

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2008

    I have the same problem and had to change the motor fan and the noise was gone. G ood luck!

  • Anonymous Jun 09, 2008

    I have a GSS25xxxxx which I purchased new 3.75 years ago. I had the same issue with the fan in the freezer. I had a GE repairman replace the fan on 4/11/07 for the bargan price of $165, which was a $25 discount because i knew the guy. Now the part has failed again. According to GE they gladly warranty their parts for 5 years, but you pay the labor. So basically, they will warranty the $15 part that costs them $2 and charge me $175 in labor to install it ($80 for the service call and the $95 in labor). I, as with other on this forum and the web with this same problem will NEVER purchase the garbage appliances that GE produces again.

  • Anonymous Oct 15, 2008

    My GE Profile SXS is about 3 years old, and recently developed an intermittent howling whistle noise. Sounds like someone blowing across a glass bottle. Can be heard from across the house when it does it. I have read that there is a "silent recall" for replacement of the mother board that will correct the problem.

  • preston_007 Oct 15, 2008

    My 3 year old GE Profile has just started and intermittent howl/whistle noise. Sounds like someone blowing across a glass bottle. It will make the sound for around 15 minutes and then stop. I have read that GE has A "silent recall" for replacement of the mother board that will fix this problem. I am going to call customer service when they open....

  • Anonymous Nov 09, 2008

    Hi, where can one buy the part? If someone replaced with without a serviceman, what was involved? How much had to be taken apart?


  • begincaos Nov 12, 2008

    My freezer go up and down temperature itselfe

  • raffup Nov 15, 2008

    Exactly the same problem for my 2 1/2 year old side by side. What can be done?

  • PaulR1950 Nov 22, 2008

    My GE 25cuft freezer makes a howling noise

  • jjung Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same problem!! Any ideas? Mine is model GSL25JFPE. Sounds like the exact same issue though.

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    My GE side-by-side was having the freezer whistling problem as well - sometimes continuous, sometimes cycling up and down in volume every 20-30 seconds.
    I just had the GE service guy here - he told me it was the motherboard and that it was under a 5-year warranty (bought it 3 years ago). Not sure if it will fix it 100%, but it's quiet again. $100 for the call/labor.

  • sylviasherer Apr 01, 2009

    We had the same problem of our freezer fan howling and it was sooooooo annoying. My hubby put some W-D 40 on it and fixed it for a couple of weeks. Now it makes a wah-wah-wah noise! I just put some more W-D 40 on it and it shut it up a little bit!!! I think the W-D 40 is a temporary fix but it needs to be replaced in the end.

  • marce22freak Apr 22, 2009

    is a noise coming from the freezer I think is the fan, but can't figure it out why nothins is touching the fan. it only last like 2 min. and it goes away, and is not all the time.

  • domeara May 02, 2009

    I have the same exact problem with my GE side by side. The howling nise comes and goes , but is coming from the freezer. We had a repairman out who replaced a part and it stopped. now about 2 months later, it starting again. It's frustrating!

  • stephane Nov 22, 2012

    GE Fridge GTH18HBTZRWW with growling type noise intermittant coming from freezer compartment. I replaced the Fan Motor part no. WR60X10141 bought here in Ontario Canada, store AMRE store for 52.49 dollars and it fixed the problem, I could see some of the numbers on the motor where different but could not confirm if part was supersedded. and or upgraded



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You are correct in believing the fan is going to be a problem. The evaporator fans inside the freezer compartment are common at going bad. I believe it is due to the extreme temperature and moisture conditions inside the application. The noise is the stator or bearing equivalent going out, the speed should remain constant. It may eventually make a screeching noise upon start up, or just lock up completely. The good news is replacements are relatively cheap and easy to find. If you do replace it yourself, make sure the fan blades are blowing in the right direction. If possible, remove the old one and bring it with you to the local appliance parts supplier and he should be able to help you get the right one, it will probably be a kit of some sort with multiple mounting brackets, screws, and maybe even a couple of blades. don't let this intimidate you. Most of this you will not use.

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This will be my second DIY fan replacement for this freezer. Here is the part I ordered (before removing the old part):

or here:

Not sure if shopping around will get a less expensive part.

Symptoms fixed: cycling whining noise from freezer when outside temperature is hot.

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    The GE part # for the freezer fan assembly (for my model) is WR60X10185


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Fridge GE model GTHHBTZRWW with growling type noise from freezer compartment was fixed by replacing fan motor part no WR60X10141, purchased from AMRE here in Onatriop Canada. Was npot able to confirm if part was superseded and or upgraded, so I suspect maybe in a few years problem perhaps with come again.

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SOURCE: GE GSL25JFR Freezer fan noise.

It is very common for the fan inside the freezer to develop a loud noise as it runs. Its in an environment that is hard on them, cold, wet. Its a small and simple motor, and you are right in believing there will be more problem in the future, as the stator is probably touching the housing. It has a sleeve type bearing, and its probably worn a little causing the shaft to wobble. Eventually it will stop completely and the freezer will get warm.

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