Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Loud sounds coming from a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. This means our technicians know just how to diagnose the issue and fix it. Call Lynn Appliance Repair today! The #1 CITY refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is very annoying. If the refrigerator in your kitchen is a little louder than it usually is there are a few easy place that you can look at while attempting to find the cause. There are a lot of fans on a refrigerator that might create strange noises. The appliance could also not be level too. Or you could have a compressor that is wearing down. If your refrigerator is a lot louder when the ice maker is working, the sounds might be from a broken a water valve.

There are a few obvious things that should be checked. Like is your refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that is too will often result in glass jars and other items to clink together. This will create a lot of loud sounds inside of the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is on and producing a minor vibration.

If you own a model of refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you don’t have the water line connected, be positive you shut off the dispenser and the ice maker. There’s almost always a button on the dispenser on the refrigerator that can be used to turn off the dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you simply need to lift the metal bar inside of it. If the refrigerator was installed near a wall, it will sometimes cause the standard operating sound to seem much louder than it is. This is due to the echoing of the sound of the refrigerator. Slide the refrigerator out a bit from the kitchen wall and then see if that helps or not. A refrigerator should be close to 2 inches away from the rear wall to lower the sound.

If it’s not one of these basic and common fixes, it’s time to dive on in. Most 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. There are times the fan motors do as well. There’s a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Sometimes the condenser fan gets a coating of dust or fuzz on it and should be cleaned on a regular basis. If the dust gets too heavy it can wear out the bearings inside the fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

The first thing to do is unplug the refrigerator. The condenser fan is usually located in the rear of the refrigerator. A lot of the time you will need to have a wrench or screwdriver to remove the back panel from the refrigerator. Once off you will see a fan inside. If it is covered in dust and dirt, get a rag and gently clean it off. While you’re in there you should look at the coils as well. These are typically near there and will be covered in the same dust and grime that the fan is. Wiping down the coils will only take a few minutes but it will certainly help the refrigerator run more efficiently. This is actually a common issue that sometimes causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades. Do the blades spin easily? If not the fan motor bearings are broken. This is a simple fix, as the fan assembly is typically a unit that can be purchased online and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. But, before doing this, be sure the refrigerator isn’t plugged in. Do the 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 protected by being within the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the sounds are coming from the top of the appliance that’s the area to look.

If it is possible it could be the refrigerator compressor, the large, typically gray or black object under the refrigerator near the coils, we recommend calling Lynn Appliance Repair. That isn’t a repair a homeowner should proceed with.

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