Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Strange sounds coming out of a refrigerator is one of our most popular service calls. This means our repairmen know just how to troubleshoot the issue and correct it. Call Blair Appliance Repair today! The #1 refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your kitchen seems to be a little noisier than it usually is there are a few easy place that you can check while trying to find a solution. There are a lot of fans on a refrigerator that often create strange noises. The appliance might also not be balanced too. Or you could have a compressor that’s wearing down. If your refrigerator is noisier when the ice maker is operating, the sounds could be a broken a water valve.

There are a couple of obvious components that need to be checked first. Like is the refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too will often cause glass containers and other items to clink and clank together. This can cause a lot of unpleasant noises inside the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is running and producing a minor vibration.

If you have a refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but you don’t have the water line hooked up, be sure you shut off the dispenser and the ice maker. There is almost always a button on the water dispenser on the refrigerator that can be used to shut off the dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you just need to lift the bar inside of it. If the refrigerator was installed very close to a wall, it might cause the normal operating sound to seem a lot louder than it really is. This is due to the echoing of the noise of the refrigerator. Pull it out a bit away from the wall and then see if that helps or not. A refrigerator should be around 2 inches away from the back wall of the kitchen to reduce the sound.

If it’s not one of these simple and easier fixes, it’s time to dive on in. The majority of the time, the fans are the cause of a loud refrigerator. There are fan blades that will often get clogged and dirty. Sometimes the fan motors do as well. There is a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Sometimes the refrigerator condenser fan gets a coating of dust on it and should be cleaned regularly. If it gets too heavy it might wear out the bearings inside the fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

behind the refrigerator. A lot of the time you will want a wrench or screwdriver to get the back panel off. As soon as it’s off you’ll notice a fan inside. If it is full of dirt and dust, get a rag and gently wipe it off. While you are in there you should look at the coils as well. These are typically near there and will be full of the same dust and grime that the fan is. Wiping down the coils will only take a few minutes and it will help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is actually a very common issue that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Spin the fan blades. Do the fan blades spin freely? If not the fan motor bearings are not working. This is an easy fix, as the fan assembly is typically a unit that can be ordered and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. However, before trying any of this, be sure the refrigerator isn’t plugged in. Do this same process for the evaporator fan, which is typically located behind the freezer unit. This is not usually the issue, as this particular fan is concealed by being inside the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the sounds are coming from the top of the refrigerator that is the area to look.

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

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