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My refrigerator side is making a grinding noise and today I noticed that it is warm. the freezer side is fine. I have a frigidaire frs26kf6e.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

That grinding noise is usually ice build up on the evaporator coils to the point that the evaporator fan blades strike the ice build up. i.e. Possibly an automatic defrosting problem.

Here is what you can do to find out.

1. Unplug the refrigerator
2. Remove the contents from the freezer section
3. Place a fan blowing into the freezer compartment for a little over 2 hours. THIS MAKES A WATER MESS so be prepared.
4. After the manual defrosting period with the fan then reload the freezer.
5. Plug the unit back in
6. After 4 hours recheck your freezer and fresh food section temps.
7. You should no longer hear the grinding sound

It is highly probable that the ice build up will repeat. If it does then for sure you have an automatic defrosting problem and will need to service the defrosting problem. At least you will know what caused the grinding noise.

If after all of this that grinding noise you heard is still present you will have to check the evaporator fan assembly for signs of bearing wear.
If the grinding noise is coming from the compressor... bad news the compressor rotor is dragging and that requires a compressor replacement.

Your parts can be found here:

http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/modelsearch.aspx?model=frs26kf6e

(there are 2 missing digits from the model number)

Click on the model number of your exact model and the parts page will appear.

Thanks for using FixYa

Kelly



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