Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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

A loud refrigerator is the worst. If the refrigerator in your kitchen is a little louder than usual there are a few simple place that you can look at while trying to find the answer. There are a lot of fans on a refrigerator that often create loud noises. The refrigerator could also not be level too. Or you could have a compressor that’s wearing out. If your refrigerator is much louder when the ice maker is making ice, the noises might be from a broken a water valve.

There are some basic components that need to be checked. Like is your refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that is too can sometimes cause glass bottles and other items to clink together. This will cause a lot of annoying noises inside the refrigerator that is not ideal because the refrigerator is running and thereby producing a minor vibration.

If you own a model of refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but don’t have the water connected, be sure you turned off the water dispenser and the ice maker. There is usually a button on the dispenser that can be used to shut off the dispenser. And with the ice maker, you need to pull up the metal bar. If the refrigerator was installed really close to a wall, it could cause the standard running sound to seem louder than it is. This is because of the echo of the sound of the machine. Move it out a little from the wall and see if that helps at all or not. A refrigerator needs to be around 2 inches from the rear wall to reduce the noise.

If it is not any of these simple and common fixes, it’s time to dive on in. The majority of the time, the refrigerator fans are the cause of a loud refrigerator. There are fan blades that will often get dirty and clogged. Often times the fan motors do too. There is a condenser fan and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Sometimes the refrigerator condenser fan will get a coating of dust or fuzz on it and needs to be cleaned regularly. If it builds up and gets too heavy it might 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 to have a wrench or screwdriver to get the back panel off from the refrigerator. Once off you’ll notice a fan in there. If it is covered in dust and dirt, get a cloth and gently clean it off. While you’re in there look at the coils as well. The coils are usually right there and full of the same dust and grime that the fan is. Cleaning the coils will only take a few minutes but it will certainly help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is a very common problem that causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Spin the fan blades. Do they spin easily? If they don’t the fan motor bearings are not working. This is a simple repair, as the fan assembly is typically a unit that can be purchased online and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. However, before doing any of this, be sure the refrigerator is not plugged in. Do this same process for the evaporator fan in the refrigerator, which is typically located behind the freezer. This is not usually the issue, as this particular fan is concealed 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 it could be the compressor, the big, usually gray or black object beneath the refrigerator by the coils, we advise calling Foster Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should try.


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