Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Loud noises coming from a refrigerator is one of our most popular customer calls. That means our technicians know exactly how to troubleshoot the issue and correct it. Call Action Missouri City Appliance Repair today! The #1 Missouri City refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is very annoying. If the refrigerator in your house seems to be a bit noisier than usual there are a couple of simple things that you can check while attempting to find the cause. There are many fans on a home refrigerator that often create strange noises. The appliance might also not be level too. Or you might have a compressor wearing down. If your refrigerator is much noisier when the ice maker is working, the sounds could be a broken a water valve.

There are one or two basic components that need to be checked. Like is your refrigerator too full? A refrigerator that’s too might result in glass bottles and other foods and liquids to clink together. This will create a lot of annoying sounds inside of the refrigerator that is not ideal because the refrigerator is running and naturally producing a minor vibration.

If you have a refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but you don’t have the water connected, be sure you turned off the water dispenser and ice maker. There is typically a button on the dispenser that can be pressed to shut off the water dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you need to lift the bar. If the refrigerator is installed right by a wall in the kitchen, it can cause the standard running sound to seem a lot louder. This is because of the echo of the sound of the refrigerator. Slide it out a little away from the kitchen wall and see if that helps. A refrigerator needs to be about 2 inches from the back wall of the kitchen to lower the noise.

If it’s not one 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 can get dirty and clogged. There are times the fan motors do too. There is a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Many times the condenser fan gets a coating of dust on it and should be cleaned on a regular basis. If the dust gets too heavy it will sometimes wear out the bearings inside the refrigerator 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 back of the refrigerator. Most of the time you will need to have a wrench or screwdriver to remove the back panel from the refrigerator. Once exposed you will notice a fan in there. If it’s covered in dust and dirt, find a rag and gently clean it off. While you’re in there check the coils too. The coils are typically near there and will be full of the same grime and dust that the fan is. Wiping down the coils only takes a couple of minutes and it will help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is actually a very common issue that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades. Do they spin freely? If not it means the fan motor bearings are not working. This is a simple repair, as the fan assembly is usually a part that can be purchased online and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. But, before attempting this, be sure the refrigerator is not plugged in. Do this same process for the evaporator fan, which is typically located behind the freezer. This is not usually the problem, as this particular fan is protected by being inside the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the sounds are coming from the top of the appliance that’s the area to check.

If it is possible that it could be the refrigerator compressor, the big, usually black or gray object under the refrigerator by the coils, we suggest calling Action Missouri City Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should proceed with.