Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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

A loud refrigerator is very annoying. If the refrigerator in your kitchen seems to be a bit noisier than normal there are a few easy place that you can check while attempting to find the cause. There are several fans on a home refrigerator that could create strange noises. The refrigerator could also not be level too. Or you might have a compressor that’s wearing out. If your refrigerator is a lot noisier when the ice maker is working, the sounds might be a broken a water valve.

There are one or two basic components that should be checked. Like is the refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too can sometimes cause glass bottles and other food items to clink together. This will create a lot of annoying sounds inside of the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is on and naturally producing a minor vibration.

If you own a refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but do not have the water connected, be sure you shut off the water dispenser and the ice maker. There’s almost always a button on the water dispenser that can be used to shut off the water dispenser. And with the ice maker, you just need to pull up the bar. If the refrigerator is installed right by a wall in the kitchen, it might cause the normal operating sound to seem a lot louder than it really is. This is due to the echo of the noise of the machine. Move the refrigerator out a little from the kitchen wall and then see if that helps at all. A refrigerator should be close to 2 inches away from the rear wall of the kitchen to reduce the noise.

If it isn’t 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 reason for a loud refrigerator. There are fan blades that sometimes 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 refrigerator condenser fan gets 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

First, the refrigerator. Most of the time you will want a screwdriver or wrench to remove the back panel. As soon as it is off you’ll notice a fan inside. If it is full of dirt and dust, find a cloth and gently wipe it off. While you’re in there you should look at the coils too. These are typically right there and covered in the same dust and grime that the fan is. Wiping down the coils only takes a few minutes and it will certainly help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is a common issue that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades in the refrigerator. Do the blades spin freely? If not it means the fan motor bearings are not working. This is a simple fix, as the fan assembly is typically a part that can be ordered and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. But, before you do this, be sure the refrigerator is unplugged. Do this same process for the evaporator fan in the refrigerator, which is typically located behind the freezer unit. This is not usually the issue, as this fan is concealed within the walls of the refrigerator. But, if the noises are coming from the top of the refrigerator that’s the place to look.

If it is possible it might be the refrigerator compressor, the large, typically black or gray object under the refrigerator near the coils, we advise calling Power Appliance Repair. That isn’t a repair a homeowner should try.

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