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.