Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Strange sounds coming from a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. This means our repairmen know exactly how to troubleshoot the issue and correct it. Call Choice Carmel Appliance Repair today! The #1 Carmel refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is the worst. If the refrigerator in your house seems to be a little louder than usual there are a couple of easy place that you can look at while trying to find the answer. There are several fans on a refrigerator that might create loud noises. The appliance might also not be balanced too. Or you may have a compressor wearing down. If your refrigerator is noisier when the ice maker is working, the noises might be from a broken a water valve.

There are some obvious components that need to be checked first. Like is your refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too could cause glass bottles and other items to clink together. This can cause a lot of annoying sounds inside of the refrigerator that’s not ideal because the refrigerator is cooling and producing a minor vibration.

If you own a refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but you don’t have the water line connected, be sure you turned off the dispenser and the ice maker. There is usually a button on the dispenser that can be pressed to turn off the dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you need to lift the metal bar inside of it. If the refrigerator is installed very close to a wall in the kitchen, it could cause the standard running sound to seem much louder than it really is. This is because of the echoing of the noise of the machine. Pull it out from the wall and then see if that helps or not. A refrigerator should be close to 2 inches away from the rear wall of the kitchen to lower the noise.

If it isn’t one of these simple and easy fixes, it is time to explore the issue further. Most of the time, the refrigerator fans are the cause of a refrigerator that’s loud. There are fan blades that will often get dirty and clogged. There are times the fan motors do too. There’s a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Sometimes the condenser fan will get a coating of dust or fuzz on it and should be cleaned often. If the coating builds up and gets too heavy it will sometimes wear out the bearings inside the fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

behind the refrigerator. Most of the time you will want a screwdriver or wrench to get the back panel off from the refrigerator. As soon as it is off you will see a fan inside. If it’s full of dust and dirt, grab a cloth and gently clean it off. While you are in there you should check the coils as well. The coils are typically near there and will be full of the same dust and grime that the fan is. Cleaning the coils only takes a few minutes and it will help the refrigerator run more efficiently. This is actually a very common issue that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades in the refrigerator. Do the fan blades spin freely? If they don’t it means the fan motor bearings are not working. This is a simple repair, as the fan assembly is typically a part that can be ordered and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. But, 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. This is not usually the issue, as this fan is concealed by being within the walls of the refrigerator. But, if the noises are coming from the top of the refrigerator that’s the area to check.

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