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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Re: Freezer Fan Revving up and down / creating 'howling'
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
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hi thanks for the question that noise is the fan in the freezer.you replace the fan motor the water disp problem is the little switch inside the freezer door difficult to get at please accept with a positive feed back thanks the appliance doc
the problem you are having is in the main control board. ge has had a problem with this part causing the fan motor to go into high and low speed which causes the howling noise. unfortunately it is a costly fix, around $125 for the part. if you are savy to changing this part it is a matter of unplgging about 5 connections and replugging them. the new board has an extra set of pin that nothing connects to. READ the instuctions and it is a simple fix, saving about $50-60 in labor costs.
It is very common for the fan inside the freezer to develop a loud noise as it runs. Its in an environment that is hard on them, cold, wet. Its a small and simple motor, and you are right in believing there will be more problem in the future, as the stator is probably touching the housing. It has a sleeve type bearing, and its probably worn a little causing the shaft to wobble. Eventually it will stop completely and the freezer will get warm.
I think I have the same problem. The unit is also about 2 years old (GSH25KGRBB). I have an extended warranty. They already replaced the controller card. I see it is the exact part number you have mentioned. It seemed to help for awhile but I think it has gotten worse again. The noise is more consistent after they changed the board. Less revving up to "turbo" mode. Howling is a good description. I can hear it now, on the other side of the house. I would change the fan out. I think they did the board first because it probably is easier even if the part cost is higher. I will probably call them back again. This will be the third time. The first time they just changed the little flapper on the ice dispenser. Otherwise the unit cools and runs flawlessly.