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    Default Fridge making loud noise, I think it is the fan

    Model Number: CTX21GA
    Brand: Hotpoint

    Hi all,

    I am a complete fridge noob, so I need some help here. I have a GE Hotpoint CTX21GA fridge, it is 10-15 years ago.

    A few days ago, our fridge started making a really loud obnoxious noise whenever the fan turns on. I took a picture of the culprit:

    http://i56.tinypic.com/24688dw.jpg

    Whenever that fan starts spinning, the noise starts.

    Questions for you guys

    What exactly is this fan device?

    Would my problem be fixed if i replaced this device, or could it be something else that is causing the noise. i.e., the fan looks fine when it spins, the fridge is cold, but when the fan spins, is there something else that could be running (at the same time as the fan), that is causing the noise?

    I made an appointment for someone from GE to come by next week to check it out, but it will cost me $100. If I have them repair it, they will waive the $100 fee but i would have to pay for parts and labor. I figure if i can fix it myself by buying and replacing this part, then I should just do that and cancel the appointment. what do you guys think? help!!

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    Hi,

    but when the fan spins, is there something else that could be running (at the same time as the fan), that is causing the noise?
    Condensor fan motor ( your pic ), compressor and evaporator fan motor ( inside the freezer ) all run at the same time.

    *If* the noise is from the condensor fan motor, replace it.

    CTX21GA
    That is the beginning of a full model#....31 models start with those digits.
    Where is my model#, I need a part, where should I look for my model number

    Condenser Fan Motor

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    I found the full model #, it is CTX21GAXERWW

    I can't really tell if it's the condenser fan that is causing the noise, i mean it *sounds* like it is coming from it, but that's only because that's the only thing i see moving when the noise starts. would it help if i recorded a video?

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    CTX21GAXERWW
    Condenser Fan Motor

    I picked the correct motor for yours.


    I can't really tell if it's the condenser fan that is causing the noise
    Pull a/the wire ( carefully! ) from the motor to see if the noise stops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff1 View Post
    Condenser Fan Motor

    I picked the correct motor for yours.




    Pull a/the wire ( carefully! ) from the motor to see if the noise stops.

    jeff.
    ahh good idea, and thanks for helping me find the correct motor. i will give this a try and let you know

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    i will give this a try and let you know
    Please do keep us posted

    jeff.

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    I just pulled the fan plug from the condenser and the sound didn't stop. I removed more of the back panel and it looks like it is coming from the "COMPRESSOR REPL KIT"

    Item # 725 from this diagram: http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/dia...796.gif?t=1591

    Do I need to replace it?

    There's no price listed for this thing on the website, any idea how much it would cost to replace this?

    And how easy is it to replace it myself, assuming I have to?

    Oh, I even made a video YouTube - IMG 0349

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    Do I need to replace it?
    It definetly doesn't sound good!
    *I* wouldn't replace a compressor ( $350.00-450.00 + ) on a refrigerator of that age.

    And how easy is it to replace it myself, assuming I have to?
    You couldn't....too many special tools required.

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    It is def the compressor though, right? Did you see my video?

    thanks for the advice/help!!

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    Yes, its the compressor thats bad, I saw the video, I'm sure Jeff did as well.

    Yes, consumers can't change their own compressor without prior knowledge, you'd need a turbo torch, and all kinds of fun goodies to weld with.

    Time to go new refrigerator shopping.

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