Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Strange noises coming out of a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. That means our technicians know exactly how to troubleshoot the issue and repair it. Call Green Bay Appliance Repair today! The #1 Green Bay refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your kitchen is a bit louder than normal there are a couple of simple place that you can check while trying to find a solution. There are many fans on a standard refrigerator that might create loud noises. The appliance might also not be level too. Or you may have a compressor wearing out. If your refrigerator is much noisier when the ice maker is making ice, the noises could be a broken a water valve.

There are some obvious components that must be be checked first. Like is your refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too could result in glass containers and other foods and liquids to clink and clank together. This can create a lot of unpleasant sounds inside of the refrigerator that’s not ideal because the refrigerator is cooling and naturally creating a small vibration.

If you own a refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but don’t have the water connected, be positive you turned off the dispenser and the ice maker. There is typically a button on the water dispenser on the refrigerator that can be used to shut off the water dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you need to lift the bar inside of it. If the refrigerator is installed very close to a wall, it could cause the standard operating noise to seem a lot louder. This is due to the echo of the sound of the appliance. Pull the refrigerator out a little from the kitchen wall and then see if that helps at all. A refrigerator should be about 2 inches from the rear wall of the kitchen to limit the sound.

If it’s not any of these simple and common fixes, it’s 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 sometimes get dirty and clogged. Sometimes the fan motors do as well. There’s a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Many times the condenser fan will get a coating of dust on it and then needs to be cleaned often. If the dust gets too heavy it might wear out the bearings inside of the refrigerator 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. Once off you’ll notice a fan behind it. If it is full of dirt and dust, find a cloth and gently clean it off. While you are in there you should look at the coils as well. These are typically near there and will be covered in the same grime and dust that the fan is. Wiping down the coils only takes a few minutes and it will help the refrigerator run more efficiently. This is a very common issue that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades. Do they spin easily? If not it means the fan motor bearings are not working. This is an easy fix, as the fan assembly is usually a part that can be ordered and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. However, before attempting this, be sure the refrigerator is unplugged. Do the same process for the evaporator fan, which is typically located behind the freezer. This is not usually the problem, as this fan is protected 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 is possible that it could be the refrigerator compressor, the large, typically gray or black object beneath the refrigerator by the coils, we suggest calling Green Bay Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should proceed with.