Noisy fan in freezer

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Old 07-28-09, 03:30 PM
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Question Noisy fan in freezer

Fridge and freezer (Kenmore 10660272990) both seem to be working fine. The fan that is in the freezer portion is making horrible noises during various cycles, and it is intermittant. It seems to happen during very warm/hot weather. The fridge is 8 or 9 years old and the fan was replaced once already due to general failure. Can this fan be taken out, cleaned up and then put back in to fix this problem? Or is it time for another new fan?
Thanks. Boy, appliances don't last like they used to. My last fridge, a GE, kept on running for 25+ years and only needed one repair.
 
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Old 07-28-09, 04:51 PM
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Is it like a squeaking or chirping noise or like the fan blade is hitting something? The fan motors are not repairable. You'd be amazed at how bad GE's have become. They used to make a good product, but not any more.

If it turns out to be the fan motor, the part # is 4389142 which is a fan motor kit that includes a new blade. These folks have it for around $30.

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You might also try ebay.
 
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Old 07-28-09, 07:14 PM
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I guess the best way to describe it is a low pitched squeal. Loud and annoying. The blades seem to be fine. It does it on and off for about a half an hour and then blesses us with silence for a couple of hours.
 
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That sounds like a bad bearing in the motor. You will be tempted to oil it- waste of time. Replacing the motor is easy, well within the scope of DIY.
 
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The same type of cheapo motors are used in bathfans and range hoods. And when they go out, they first often do what you describe. Yes, oiling them is fruitless.May run minutes, hours, or a few days with oil. But the oil spins out and you are back to square one. I know. I have tried it.

One expensive squirrel cage style bath fan that rumbled, but the bearing to shaft tolerance seemed okay, I drilled a hole in the bearing cap and injected grease, and screwed the hole closed, and it works great. But on that particular motor (hard to get replacement for), it had the right conditions for me to try this - and has been working quiet now for months. But this will not work really for freezer fans.
 
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