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    Post Whirlpool Custom Series Refrigerator Squeaking

    Model Number: ET18JKXMWR2
    Brand: Whirlpool

    Hey guys, I've been having problems with this Whirlpool refrigerator squeaking about every 3-5 minutes and won't stop until you hit the refrigerator repeatedly and it's driving me nuts. This is not the first time it has done this either. When I moved in the house late last winter it was doing the same thing and I continued to hit on it for a day or so and it finally stopped squeaking. It sounds like it is coming from the motor or fan that blows the cold air into the freezer and refrigerator. I don't know if the fan is just getting hung up in there or what but it makes an awful loud and annoying noise. Hope this helps?!

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    Sounds like the bearing is going out in it.

    Here’s the evaporator(freezer) fan motor for this model(Comes with installation instructions):
    Manufacturer’s Number: 482731



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    Ok, that is what I thought after looking through the parts list. I swearing every appliance in my kitchen is deciding to screw up this week. I've also been having problems with my Whirlpool oven over the past couple weeks...

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    Yes, seems like appliances break more around the Holiday season then any other time.

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    I got the new fan motor in place and it seems to have fixed the squealing. I also put a new freezer door gasket on while I had it turned off. The only problem is I can't seem to get it to shut tight now. I put a tie down around it with a little pressure to hopefully form it to the freezer door? Any suggestions how to make this work properly? Thanks!

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    there is usually a side without a magnet if that's the case for your model, and that side goes on the hinge side

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    Good job on the fan motor.

    Use a hair dryer on the door gasket to soften the gasket to seal properly, becareful to get moving the hair dryer and don't let the hair dryer blow in just one spot or that melt the gasket and put a hole in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pucara View Post
    there is usually a side without a magnet if that's the case for your model, and that side goes on the hinge side
    I didn't notice any magnet in the gasket maybe because it's so old.

    I'll have to give the hair dryer a shot tomorrow, I got a bungee putting some pressure on it now and seems to be helping the cause.

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    Ok, sounds good, keep us posted.

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