Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Loud sounds coming out of a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. This means our repairmen know just how to troubleshoot the issue and correct it. Call Mason Appliance Repair today! The #1 Fort Lee refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is very annoying. If the refrigerator in your house seems to be a little louder than it usually is there are a couple of easy things that you can check while trying to find the answer. There are many fans on a home refrigerator that could create loud noises. The appliance might also not be balanced too. Or you could have a compressor that is wearing out. If your refrigerator is noisier when the ice maker is operating, the sounds might be a broken a water valve.

There are one or two obvious things that should be checked. Like is the refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too will often result in glass containers and other foods and liquids to clink and clank together. This will cause a lot of annoying sounds inside the refrigerator that is not ideal because the refrigerator is cooling and creating a small vibration.

If you own a model of refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but you do not have the water connected, be positive you turned off the water dispenser and the ice maker. There is almost always a button on the water dispenser that can be pressed to turn off the dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you need to lift the bar. If the refrigerator is installed right by a wall, it might cause the normal running sound to seem much louder than it is. This is due to the echoing of the noise of the machine. Pull it out from the wall and then see if that helps. A refrigerator needs to be close to 2 inches from the rear wall to limit the noise.

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

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

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

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

If it is possible that it might be the compressor, the big, usually black or gray object under the refrigerator near the coils, we suggest calling Mason Appliance Repair. That is not a repair a homeowner should try.