Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Strange noises coming out of a refrigerator is one of our most common service calls. That means our technicians know exactly how to diagnose the problem and fix it. Call EZ Whittier Appliance Repair today! The #1 Whittier refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is very annoying. If the refrigerator in your home seems to be a little louder than usual there are a couple of simple place that you can look at while attempting to find a solution. There are many fans on a home refrigerator that might create loud noises. The refrigerator might also not be level too. Or you may have a compressor wearing out. If your refrigerator is louder when the ice maker is making ice, the noises could be a broken a water valve.

There are one or two basic things that need to be checked first. Like is the refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that is too can sometimes cause glass bottles and other items to clink together. This will create a lot of loud sounds inside the refrigerator that’s not ideal because the refrigerator is running and naturally creating a small vibration.

If you have a model of refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but do not have the water line hooked up, be sure you turned off the dispenser and ice maker. There’s almost always a button on the water dispenser that can be used to turn off the dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you just need to lift the metal bar inside of it. If the refrigerator was installed right by a wall, it might cause the normal operating noise to seem a lot louder than it really is. This is because of the echo of the sound of the refrigerator. Slide it out away from the wall and see if that helps or not. A refrigerator needs to be around 2 inches from the back wall to lower the sound.

If it is not any of these basic and common fixes, it’s time to dive on in. Most of the time, the refrigerator fans are the reason for a loud refrigerator. There are fan blades that sometimes get dirty and clogged. Often times the fan motors do too. There is a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Sometimes the refrigerator condenser fan will get a coating of dust or fuzz on it and then should be cleaned often. If the coating gets too heavy it might wear out the bearings inside the refrigerator fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

behind the refrigerator. A lot of the time you will need a screwdriver or wrench to get the back panel off from the refrigerator. Once off you will notice a fan in there. If it’s full of dirt and dust, get a rag and gently wipe it off. While you’re in there check the coils as well. The coils are typically near there and covered in the same grime and dust that the fan is. Cleaning the coils will only take a few minutes but it will certainly help the refrigerator run more efficiently. This is a common problem that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades. Do the fan blades spin freely? If not the fan motor bearings are not working. This is a simple fix, as the fan assembly is typically a part that can be purchased online and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. However, before you do this, ensure the refrigerator isn’t plugged in. Do this same process for the evaporator fan in the refrigerator, which is typically located behind the freezer unit. This is not usually the problem, as this fan is concealed inside the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the noises are coming from the top of the refrigerator that’s the area to look.

If it’s possible it could be the refrigerator compressor, the big, typically gray or black object beneath the refrigerator by the coils, we advise calling EZ Whittier Appliance Repair. That isn’t a repair a homeowner should try.

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