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I have a kenmore elite bottom freezer refrigerator (trio). When the freezer door is closed a rapid clicking/grinding noise has started. When I open the door, it stops. When I close the light switch at the top of the freezer, the noise starts again

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I've heard similar refrigerator noises like yours before. Sounds like the evaporator fan motor, located in the freezer and runs only when the door is closed, is being obstructed, possibly by ice, possibly by some wiring or even a food item. You could have a defrost problem, but you dont mention any refrigerator or freezer temperature problem, so that is likely not it. It is also possible the evaporator fan motor itself is out of balance. If you remove the back wall of the freezer, you will be able to see if there is something obstructing the fan blade, if the motor or shaft is out of balance, when you close the door light switch, check the balance of the shaft, it should not have any wobble at all, in fact, if the fan blade is not attached, you should not be able to tell by looking at the motor shaft if the motor is running or not. Also, just happened to think, if one of the fan blades is even partially broken off, that will cause the motor to be out of balance. But if one of these blades is broken, it was broken by something else, either ice or something, and you may have to find the cause of that, otherwise it may happen again.

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