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GE Refrigerator Clicking Noise From Back

Posted on July 14, 2014

Newer style GE refrigerators all use a motherboard on the back side of the refrigerator to control most of the functions on the refrigerator. If you start to hear a constant “clicking” sound every few seconds coming from the back side of the refrigerator, the motherboard might have failed. Pull the refrigerator out while it is still making the noise and listen to where the sound is coming from. You should see a panel on the back of the refrigerator, behind this panel is the control board (make sure not to touch the control board while the refrigerator is plugged in, you may get shocked or electrocuted).

Behind this panel is the control board.

If the noise seems to be coming from the control board, then the control board has failed and it will need to be replaced. GE does not sell replacement parts for the control board, so the whole control board must be replaced if there is a problem with the control board. When the control board fails it can cause the refrigerator not to run or cool. It also controls the water dispenser, fan motors, and more. Most of the GE & Hotpoint refrigerators use part number WR55X10942 control board. Some higher end GE model refrigerators with variable speed compressors use part number WR49X10152 for the control board. Replacing the motherboard is easy, and only takes about 15 minutes. Always be sure to look up the correct control board with the model number from the refrigerator first before ordering.

If you need to purchase a control board for you refrigerator please click the link below to visit our parts store.  We usually have the lowest price on the internet for these control boards.  If you have any questions or comments please post them in the comments section below.

GE Refrigerator Main Control Board – WR55X10942

6 Thoughts on "GE Refrigerator Clicking Noise From Back"

  1. Steve s Posted on February 4, 2015

    What if the click is not consistent? My fridge give a sidle click at varying and inconsistent intervals.

    • Ryan Posted on February 9, 2015

      Clicking noises coming from the control board are normal if they are not very consistent. Relays on the control board will make clicking noises when the control board is sending power to different things on the refrigerator (water or ice dispenser, compressor, ect).

  2. Tony Posted on June 28, 2015

    I have 3 year-old GE Profile Fridge, up until two weeks ago, a knocking noise commenced every time I use the water dispenser. I pulled the fridge out and asked my sister to dispense water, then the waterline from the wall and the waterline on the back of the fridge commenced shaking. Now, the noise comes and goes after few trials; any idea on what’s causing it???? Your assistance is much appreciate it…

    • Ryan Posted on July 16, 2015

      This can come from a plumbing problem, bad filter housing, bad water filter, or a bad water inlet valve on the refrigerator. See this thread on our repair forum for more information.

  3. Jose Posted on August 7, 2015

    My refrigerator is not defrosting i already replaced the timer, defrost thermostat and the bottom heater and still not working refrigerator gets cold and everything works until gets full of ice any recommendations about this please help?

    • Ryan Posted on August 11, 2015

      Please post your question on our repair forum and we can try to assist you with this problem there.

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