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Question DetailsAsked on 5/30/2017

GE profile side by side freezer just starting buzzing

Profile side by side buzzing loud not the water hissing but a constant buzz temp is now at 4 instead of zero no ice build up on walls and I dumped the ice bin in case it was too full

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If sound is coming from the lower back, then compressor or compressor starter condensor most likely, especially if it is not cooling as it should, so I would definitely get an Appliance Repair - Large tech out soon to work on it.

Other possibilities I can think of:

1) if it has not been dusted/blown out recently, the evaporator coil fan (usually at back bottom inside back cover) may be stalled out due to dust bunnies

2) if sound is inside freezer, could be stalled or dying air circulation fan - the one that moves freezer air into the reefer part to cool it - or could be that fan has a piece of plastic bag/food wrapping sticking into it and hitting the fan blade

3) if coming from ice maker area, could be water control solenoid going out, or ice maker motor stalled by icing/piece of ice blocking the ice ejection arm

4) possibly, though usually not for long, filament going out in reefer lightbulb

5) try gently pushing on the sides and front to rock the reefer a bit - could just be something vibrating, which commonly will go away if you tilt the reefer just a hair. Can be something inside, sheet metal liek the bottom front grillage vibrating, or something leaning against the reefer like a broom or ironing board or such.

Since your temp has gone up a bit but not a lot, I would guess one of the fans is blocked.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


Here are a couple of other links to similar complaints with some ideas/facts on what causes it in different cases:

Some higher-end reefers also have high temperature buzzer alarms to warn of a reefer/freezer that is too warm - could it be that ?

If the freezer walls are cold/frosty and things are staying frozen, would not be a compressor or starter relay failure in all probability. IF reefer is not cooling, then those would be prime suspects.

If no airflow coming out under the reefer (assuming you have bottom coils behind a grill) when the compressor is running then the evaporator coil air circulation fan would be prime suspect.

If no airflow into the reefer after you have had the door open a bit and the compressor has kicked on to recool it, then the circulating fan in the freezer would be my prime suspect.

You can, in addition to the slight rocking I mentioned, try touching/lightly pressing against the racks, interior doors (butter dish, etc), the sheet metal or plastic cover panels in the back of the reefer and freezer which cover the cooling passages and fans - if they are loose they can rattle or buzz.

By listening around for where the sound is coming from (a paper towel tube to the ear can help narrow it down in some cases) both with door open and closed and all around the outside also, you should be able to narrow the likely suspects.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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