Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Strange noises coming from a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. This means our technicians know exactly how to diagnose the problem and correct it. Call Dixon Appliance Repair today! The #1 Flower Mound refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is the worst. If the refrigerator in your home seems to be a bit noisier than normal there are a few easy place that you can look at while attempting to find the cause. There are several fans on a standard refrigerator that might create strange noises. The refrigerator could also not be balanced too. Or you may have a compressor wearing down. If your refrigerator is a lot louder when the ice maker is working, the sounds could be a broken a water valve.

There are a few obvious things that must be be checked first. Like is your refrigerator too full? A refrigerator that is too might cause glass jars and other foods and liquids to clink and clank together. This can cause a lot of loud sounds inside of the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is on and producing a minor vibration.

If you have a refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you don’t have the water line hooked up, be positive you shut off the dispenser and the ice maker. There’s usually a button on the dispenser that can be pressed to shut off the dispenser. And with the ice maker, you simply need to lift the metal bar inside of it. If the refrigerator was installed near a wall in the kitchen, it can cause the normal operating sound to seem much louder. This is because of the echo of the noise of the appliance. Slide it out a bit from the kitchen wall and see if that helps at all or not. A refrigerator should be close to 2 inches away from the back wall of the kitchen to lower the noise.

If it is not any of these simple and common fixes, it’s time to explore the issue further. Most of the time, the fans are the cause of a loud refrigerator. There are fan blades that will often get dirty and clogged. Sometimes the fan motors do as well. There is a condenser fan and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Sometimes the condenser fan will get a coating of dust on it and needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. If it builds up and gets too heavy it can wear out the bearings inside of the refrigerator fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

First, the refrigerator. A lot of the time you will need to have a screwdriver or wrench to remove the back panel. As soon as it’s exposed you’ll see a fan inside. If it’s covered in dirt and dust, find a rag and gently clean it off. While you are in there you should check the coils as well. These are usually near there and will be covered in the same dust and grime that the fan is. Cleaning the coils only takes a few minutes and it will help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is actually a very common problem that causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Spin the fan blades in the refrigerator. Do they spin freely? 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 purchased online and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. However, before doing any of this, be sure the refrigerator isn’t plugged in. Do this same process for the evaporator fan, which is located behind the freezer unit. This isn’t usually the problem, as this particular fan is protected within the walls of the refrigerator. But, if the sounds are coming from the top of the refrigerator that is the area to check.

If it is possible it could be the refrigerator compressor, the big, typically black or gray object under the refrigerator by the coils, we recommend calling Dixon Appliance Repair. That isn’t a repair a homeowner should attempt.