Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Loud sounds coming out of a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. That means our repairmen know exactly how to troubleshoot the problem and correct it. Call Racine Appliance Repair today! The #1 Racine refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is the worst. If the refrigerator in your home seems to be a bit noisier than it usually is there are a few easy place that you can look at while trying to find the answer. There are several fans on a standard refrigerator that might create strange sounds. The refrigerator might also not be balanced too. Or you might have a compressor that is wearing out. If your refrigerator is louder when the ice maker is making ice, the sounds could be from a broken a water valve.

There are a couple of basic components that must be be checked. Like is your refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that is too might cause glass jars and other items to clink together. This can cause a lot of unpleasant sounds inside of the refrigerator that’s not ideal because the refrigerator is cooling and naturally producing a small vibration.

If you own a model of refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but do not have the water line connected, be positive you shut off the dispenser and the ice maker. There’s usually a button on the dispenser on the refrigerator that can be pressed to turn off the dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you just need to pull up the metal bar. If the refrigerator was installed right by a wall in the kitchen, it could cause the standard running noise to seem a lot louder. This is due to the echo of the sound of the machine. Move the refrigerator out away from the kitchen wall and see if that helps at all. A refrigerator should be around 2 inches from the back wall of the kitchen to lower the sound.

If it is not any of these basic and easier fixes, it is time to explore the issue further. The majority of the time, the refrigerator fans are the cause of a refrigerator that is loud. There are fan blades that can get clogged and dirty. Often times the fan motors do as well. There is a condenser fan and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Sometimes the refrigerator condenser fan will get a coating of dust on it and needs to be cleaned regularly. If the coating gets too heavy it might wear out the bearings inside of the fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

First, the refrigerator. Most of the time you will want to have a screwdriver or wrench to remove the back panel from the refrigerator. As soon as it is exposed you will notice a fan behind it. If it’s full of dust and dirt, take a rag and gently wipe it off. While you are in there you should check the coils as well. The coils are usually right there and will be covered in the same grime and dust that the fan is. Wiping down the coils only takes a couple of minutes but it will help the refrigerator run more efficiently. This is a very common problem that causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades. Do they spin freely? If they do not the fan motor bearings are not working. This is an easy fix, as the fan assembly is usually a component that can be purchased online and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. But, before you do this, ensure the refrigerator is unplugged. Do this same process for the evaporator fan in the refrigerator, which is located behind the freezer unit. This is not typically the problem, as this fan is protected inside the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the noises are coming from the top of the appliance that is the area to check.

If it is possible it could be the compressor, the large, usually black or gray object beneath the refrigerator by the coils, we advise calling Racine Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should attempt.

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