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The noise is most likely coming from the ice maker as the paddles are pushing the ice cubes from the ice maker into the holding bin. They do not move very quickly and can cause this sound. hope this helps.
In some freezers they build up excessive vacuum which pulls the plastic housing away from the internal polyurethane insulation, hence the creaking sound. You can make a vacuum breaker by attaching a small stick or similar to the bottom of the door gasket, this will break the vacuum without losing temperature.
I had the same problem. My fridge would make a creaking sound as soon as the freezer was closed. I took 10 minutes to trouble shoot the problem and pinpointed that it was coming from the icemaker. After wondering if I was going to have to replace it, I noticed a piece of ice wedged in a way so that the ice maker arms could not fall into the basin to make ice. The sound was the motor creaking because of the jam. Removed the ice and the sound went away. Now, I'm sure the motor will **** out in a few months since it has been jammed for 2 weeks burning up the motor. Oh well. Hope this helps.
BFULLAWAY had the answer, I believe. My ice maker does the same thing, groaning and creaking for a few seconds, stopping briefly, then starts creaking again. This is due to ice stuck inside and it will make no ice as a result. Usually I see a piece of ice protruding and knock it out. Happened recently, but I saw no ice. Took a cup of hot tap water (not boiling) and poured it into the compartments where cubes form. (Made sure ice tray was in place to catch water.) I banged on the side and a misshapened cube fell out. Creaking/groaning stopped and unit began to function normally.