The unit was given to us 2nd hand when we bought our house. Aside from the ice maker not working, we haven't had a problem with it until about a month ago. The fan unit would make a loud noise while it was running. After a few minutes the sound would go away. Recently the sound was becoming more and more frequent and would continue for longer periods of time. The last time was over 4 hours long, and the sound was loud enough to be heard at the far end of the house. All this time the fridge contiuned to work fine. No compaints except for the sound.
After some consultation (not here I'm sorry to say. I do wish I had found this site first) with our local appliance guy we narrowed the problem down the fan motor. My brother-inlaw gave us his other fridge that kinda-worked, so I dragged the side-by-side out, brought the other one in...this way I could work on the Admiral in the garage. Changing the motor only took about an hour (though I probably could do it now in about 10 mins), and I plugged the unit in and it worked...no more sound. I will admit that I did NOT check the temps in either the Freezer or FF section. I was just grateful that I didn't have the sound anymore. We were just going to leave the older Admiral out in the garage to use as a freezer when we discovered that the "loaner" that the inlaws gave us doesn't cool very well (we're using the freezer section as a fridge). The Magic Chef is just a few years old, is very clean and dirt free... I'm thinking it might need a charge of refigerant.
So I dragged the Magic Chef out, and brought he Admiral back inside... Of course, the Admiral is about 100lbs heavier and wont fit through the side door. If the wife tells me to move the damn thing again, I'll call a divorce atty on the way to have my hernia operation. We plugged everything in at around 3pm Sat , and about 3-4 hours later evening we realized that something was wrong.