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Strange Noise - Creaking

Constant noise (like a squeaking wood floor or washboard); stops only when freezer door is opened).

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  • brandon4wyo Jun 05, 2008

    I have a kenmore 596.57043600 26" side by side with the same problem. Creaking sound when freezer door closed, stops immediately when door is opened, and starts again if you depress the door open sensor. The fan that blows from the back of the freezer through a duct directing air over the ice cubes seems to be quiet. The sound seems to be originating from the front of the ice maker. Sound comes from inside or just behind a part listed in the manual as part no. 12582501 Cover, Ice Maker. Seems more like a creaking of plastic on plastic gears?

  • sparverius Sep 23, 2008

    We have the same fridge and same issue.  I followed JRennie's advice, cleared out a coupla jammed cubes, and all is well.  Took 10 seconds.  Easiest "fix" ever.  Thanks.

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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.

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There may be a fan switch that shuts off the freezer fan when the door is opened . with the door open locate a push the button in. If the noise is heard at this point the problem is is the fan motor bearings. Replacing the fan motor may solve the problem in this case.

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