Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Loud sounds coming from a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. That means our repairmen know exactly how to troubleshoot the issue and fix it. Call One Pro Appliance Repairs today! The #1 Elizabeth refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is the worst. If the refrigerator in your kitchen seems to be a bit louder than usual there are some easy things that you can look at while trying to find a solution. There are several fans on a home refrigerator that might create strange noises. The refrigerator could also not be balanced too. Or you might have a compressor wearing out. If your refrigerator is much noisier when the ice maker is making ice, the sounds could be a broken a water valve.

There are one or two basic components that should be checked. Like is the refrigerator too full? A refrigerator that’s too will often result in glass bottles and other food items to clink and clank together. This can cause a lot of annoying sounds inside the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is cooling and naturally producing a minor vibration.

If you have a model of refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but you don’t have the water line connected, be positive you shut off the dispenser and ice maker. There is typically a button on the water dispenser that can be used to shut off the water dispenser. And with the ice maker, you need to pull up the bar inside of it. If the refrigerator is installed really close to a wall, it could cause the normal 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 away 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 of the kitchen to limit the sound.

If it isn’t any of these simple and easier fixes, it’s time to dive on in. The majority of the time, the fans are the reason for a loud refrigerator. There are fan blades that will often get dirty and clogged. Sometimes the fan motors do too. There’s a condenser fan and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Often times the refrigerator condenser fan gets a coating of dust or fuzz on it and then needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. If the coating builds up and gets too heavy it might wear out the bearings inside the fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

First, the refrigerator. Most of the time you will need a screwdriver or wrench to get the back panel off from the refrigerator. Once off you’ll see a fan in there. If it is covered in dust and dirt, grab a rag and gently wipe it off. While you are in there you should check the coils too. The coils are typically right there and covered in 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 a common issue that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades in the refrigerator. Do the fan blades spin freely? If they do not it means the fan motor bearings are broken. This is an easy repair, as the fan assembly is typically a part that can be ordered and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. But, before doing this, ensure the refrigerator isn’t plugged in. Do the same process for the evaporator fan in the refrigerator, which is typically located behind the freezer unit. This isn’t typically the issue, as this particular fan is concealed within the walls of the refrigerator. But, if the noises are coming from the top of the refrigerator that is the place to check.

If it is possible it could be the refrigerator compressor, the big, usually black or gray object beneath the refrigerator near the coils, we recommend calling One Pro Appliance Repairs. That isn’t a repair a homeowner should attempt.