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My frost free fridge freezer is noisy - the freezer fan starts to get noisy when ice builds up till it reaches the fan blade -we have had several power failures recently any suggestions?

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  • docjibe May 16, 2008

    freezer fan is very noisy

  • stephangus Nov 30, 2008

    Same issue, minus the power failures.  Read something awhile back about a tube that is supposed to drain condensation, but I didn't really understand what the fix was.

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I would start with a 24 hour full defrost,
if the problem reoccures then it is more likely thermister fault

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