Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Strange noises coming from a refrigerator is one of our most popular customer calls. That means our repairmen know just how to diagnose the issue and fix it. Call Rockville Appliance Repair today! The #1 Rockville refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is the worst. If the refrigerator in your home is a bit louder than usual there are some simple place that you can check while attempting to find the answer. There are a lot of fans on a standard refrigerator that might create loud sounds. The refrigerator could also not be level too. Or you may have a compressor that’s wearing down. If your refrigerator is much louder when the ice maker is operating, the noises might be from a broken a water valve.

There are some basic things that must be be checked first. Like is your refrigerator too full? A refrigerator that’s too will often result in glass bottles and other foods and liquids to clink together. This will create a lot of annoying sounds inside the refrigerator that’s not ideal because the refrigerator is running and thereby producing a small vibration.

If you have a refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you do not have the water hooked up, be positive you turned off the water dispenser and ice maker. There’s typically a button on the dispenser that can be used to turn off the water dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you need to pull up the metal bar. If the refrigerator was installed near a wall in the kitchen, it will cause the standard operating noise to seem a lot louder than it really is. This is a result of the echoing of the noise of the machine. Pull it out a bit from the kitchen wall and see if that helps at all or not. A refrigerator needs to be around 2 inches away from the rear wall to lower the noise.

If it isn’t one of these simple and easier fixes, it is time to explore the issue further. Most of the time, the fans are the cause of a refrigerator that is loud. There are fan blades that can get clogged and dirty. Often times the fan motors do as well. There’s a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Sometimes the condenser fan gets a coating of dust or fuzz on it and needs to be cleaned often. If it builds up and gets too heavy it will sometimes wear out the bearings inside the fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

The first thing to do is to unplug the refrigerator. The condenser fan is typically located in the rear of the refrigerator. A lot of the time you will want to have a screwdriver or wrench to get the back panel off from the refrigerator. As soon as it is exposed you will notice a fan behind it. If it’s covered in dust and dirt, take a cloth and gently clean it off. While you are in there look at the coils too. The coils are usually near there and will be covered in the same grime and dust that the fan is. Cleaning the coils will only take a few minutes and it will help the refrigerator run more efficiently. This is a very common problem that sometimes causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Spin the fan blades. Do the blades spin freely? If they don’t it means the fan motor bearings are not working. This is a simple repair, as the fan assembly is usually a component that can be ordered and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. However, before attempting this, be sure the refrigerator isn’t plugged in. Do this same process for the evaporator fan, which is located behind the freezer. This is not typically the issue, as this particular fan is concealed within the walls of the refrigerator. But, if the sounds are coming from the top of the appliance that’s the place to check.

If it is possible it could be the compressor, the large, usually gray or black object under the refrigerator by the coils, we suggest calling Rockville Appliance Repair. That is not a repair a homeowner should try.