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Freezer Fan Revving up and down / creating 'howling'

I have had my GE Side by Side (GSL25JFPHBS - AH244410) for just under 3 years. Tonight I heard a 'fan revving' and howling coming from the freezer side. I opened the door and observed that the fan just below the ice maker was revving up and down very quickly. I have saw on 'Fixya' that other models have had the same issue. I did call GE 'Answer Center' and she claimed she never heard of the problem. After the call, I went back down stairs and the fan was now on 'full speed' with no howling audible. I'm guessing since I had the doors open for so long trying to figure out the issue, it caused the temp to rise. 
Is there any recalls or any other information that would keep me from spending $$ on a repair visit?
Thanks for your help!

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  • cableguy1970 Apr 12, 2008

    HI Sai!

    I did inspect the fan, its clear and moving free. The only issue is like there is a gremlin in the back of the refrigerator with a speed switch making the fan go 'faster' then 'slower' then 'faster' then 'slower' in very rapid succession. On the 'faster side' its creating a 'howling' sound, then it goes away on the 'slower side' - its very annoying.

  • cableguy1970 Apr 12, 2008

    I did inspect the fan, its clear and moving free. The only is like there is a gremlin in the back of the refrigerator with a speed switch making the fan go 'faster' then 'slower'; 'faster' then 'slower' in a very rapid succession. On the faster side its also creating a annoying 'howling' sound, this goes away at the 'lower' speed. Imagine this 'up and down' speeds with the howling - very aggravating!

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The piece or "brain" that controls the fan can sometimes become confused. If it gets clogged with debris, or starts to malfunction, it may have the fan behave in weird ways.

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Sometimes the fan gets clogged with debris and can make a lot of noise as a result. If this is the case then simply clean the blade with a soft bristled brush, you can usually get one of these brushes from a hardware store. If it doesn't need to be cleaned then the whole motor may need to be replaced.elps,

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