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GE Refrigerator with an insane high-pitched noise


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#1 jsbpepe

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 11:26 AM

Hi

I have an old fridge and it is driving us insane with a high-pitched and sometimes rather loud whining sound. The wining sound stops the "motor sound" and is on intermittently for maybe five to thirty seconds and stops and possibly starts again. It is as if some part of the fridge is trying to catch its breath. As you can see, I am totally new to this but am fine at troubleshooting computers so please bear with me;). I can hear the sound louder if I open the fridge door and even louder by opening the freezer door. I attached a ZIP file with a recording (WMA and WMV, 404 kb) and download links so that you can check out the sound.
http://www.sattlerium.ch/fridge1.wmv (250 kb)
http://www.sattlerium.ch/fridge1.wma (165 kb)

It is a General Electric "15" and the model number seems to be "VL15JZHRT-7" but I could not find a reference to it anywhere on the web. The model is plain and old, with the freezer on the top. Other numbers are: Ser. CD174265; Volts 115; Amps 5.2; LR 3222; Hz 60; OZ R-12 4.25; Type L15J.

Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED as we are loosing sleep over it.

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 11:31 AM

Sounds like you need to replace the evaperator fan motor in the freezer assuming the blade is not hitting something,..you might find the part number of the motor on the body of the motor itself..
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 12:07 PM

Hmmm. Thanks for the tip Pegi! I will check that out.

I assume that I can find that piece by emptying the freezer and unscrewing a cover on the back or bottom of the inside? I also suppose that once I see the fan I will be able to tell if it might need replacing or just some TLC. If I dismantel anything will the whole unit be out of commission or just the freezer? If I bring all of this information and the defective looking part to a parts place, will they have enough information to replace it? Do you also deal with parts? I live in western Canada.


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Posted 02 August 2006 - 12:12 PM

The whole box will be down if the evaperator fan is not running....seems this parts partner cannot ship to Canada, and of course that is why the model number is not showing up here...will need to find this in Canada or somewhere that ships to there.  Might be able to check with Sears Canada once you have the part number, if this is the problem, nothing else in the freezer could cause this noise, probably bad bearings in the motor..
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 12:24 PM

Okay, just so see if I get it:

  • I will unplug the fridge, unscrew something in the freezer, find the part you described and clean/fix/replace it.
  • The part probably can be found inside the freezer.
  • If I take the piece out the whole fridge will be out of commission.
  • I will need to source the part locally and the information I have is probably sufficient.
Is there a way that I can test that this is in fact the defective part? You also wrote about bad bearings in the motor. Were would I find these? I suppose this would be a trickier thing...

THANK YOU for your help!
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 12:42 PM

The bearings are inside of the motor, when you get to the motor and plug the box in I imagine the source of the noise will become obvious...
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 01:00 PM

Yea, I guess :cool:

I will let you know how it went.

Thank you agin
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Posted 17 September 2006 - 07:26 AM

Hi PegiIt seems like it was theĀ bearings. The noise did not occure when I turned the freezer to low and emptied it and left it for a week. The landlord ended up trading it in for a newer used modle and that has worked well now for the few days we have had it. Our old one will be now fixed and resold. All is well.Thanks for your helpMartin




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