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Refrigerator whistling noise

I have a six-year-old GE fridge, model GSS25JFAH CC. It has served us well, but over the past couple of months we notice an intermittent whistle-type sound coming from the back, which we never heard before. The sound doesn't last too long, maybe a few minutes at most. Is the unit beginning to go bad? This is a new sound. Compressor? Fan bearings?

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Rick, if the sound is coming from inside your refrigerator, the evaporator fan could be hitting on a frost buildup on the evaporator. If you have frost built up on the rear wall of the freezer, the evaporator coil is building excessive frost. This is a problem you should get a Sears technician to diagnose and repair.
There have been some GE refrigerators that had an incomplete defrost problem. The repair was to replace the main control board that mounts on the rear of the cabinet. Since your noise goes away by itself, I don't think this is your problem.
If you have more questions, reply on this thread and we will try to help.
by Manage My Life
November 18th, 2010
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Jimmy, Thanks. I give it a try. In the mean time, what do you think of this response I found to someone else' question, which stopped in mid-sentence. What GE fix is she referring to?:

The problem is that GE refrigerators have a defect in the design of their air circulation and defrost system. Did you ever notice frost on the rear wall of the freezer that doesn't go away, despite multiple defrost cycles? If so, that was your first clue of the problem with GE fridges. Ice on the rear wall means ice is also building up in the cold air channel, near the freezer fan. A few high-humidity days in a row can produce enough ice near the fan, that as soon as the fan switches to high, the fan blades start whacking into the ice buildup. That's when your ultra-quiet GE Profile refrigerator starts sounding like a buzz saw. The noise stops when the fan switches to low, or the ice melts or gets knocked clear of the fan blades. Pounding on the area near the fan can clear it, or you can unplug the fridge and let the ice melt. GE has a fix, but t
by Manage My Life
November 18th, 2010
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Rick, if the sound is coming from inside your refrigerator, the evaporator fan could be hitting on a frost buildup on the evaporator. If you have frost built up on the rear wall of the freezer, the evaporator coil is building excessive frost. This is a problem you should get a Sears technician to diagnose and repair.

There have been some GE refrigerators that had an incomplete defrost problem. The repair was to replace the main control board that mounts on the rear of the cabinet. Since your noise goes away by itself, I don't think this is your problem.

If you have more questions, reply on this thread and we will try to help.
by Manage My Life
November 18th, 2010
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I can see how that noise can be very annoying to live with, to help you while you wait for the expert advise I have attached a link below that can be very helpful to you. Hope it helps!
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November 16th, 2010
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