Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Loud sounds coming out of a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. That means our repairmen know exactly how to diagnose the issue and fix it. Call Council Bluffs Appliance Repair today! The #1 Council Bluffsrefrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is the worst. If the refrigerator in your house seems to be a little louder than usual there are a few simple things that you can check while attempting to find the cause. There are a lot of fans on a standard refrigerator that often create strange sounds. The appliance could also not be level too. Or you may have a compressor 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 obvious components that should be checked. Like is your refrigerator too full? A refrigerator that is too might result in glass bottles and other items to clink together. This can cause a lot of loud noises inside of the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is running and producing a small vibration.

If you have a model of refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you don’t have the water connected, be sure you shut off the water dispenser and ice maker. There is usually a button on the water dispenser that can be used to shut off the water dispenser. And with the ice maker, you simply need to lift the metal bar inside of it. If the refrigerator was installed really close to a wall, it could cause the normal operating sound to seem much louder than it really is. This is due to the echoing of the noise of the refrigerator. Pull it out a bit from the wall and then see if that helps at all or not. A refrigerator should be about 2 inches away from the rear wall to lower the noise.

If it isn’t one of these basic and common fixes, it’s time to explore the issue further. The majority of the time, the refrigerator fans are the reason for a loud refrigerator. There are fan blades that will often get dirty and clogged. There are times the fan motors do too. There’s a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Often times the refrigerator condenser fan gets a coating of dust or fuzz on it and should be cleaned regularly. If the coating gets too heavy it will sometimes 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 need to have a wrench or screwdriver to get the back panel off from the refrigerator. As soon as it is off you will notice a fan in there. If it’s full of dust and dirt, get a cloth and gently clean it off. While you’re in there check the coils as well. These are typically right there and full of the same grime and dust that the fan is. Wiping down the coils will only take a few minutes and it will certainly help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is a common problem that sometimes causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Spin the fan blades. Do the fan blades spin easily? If not it means the fan motor bearings are not working. This is a simple fix, as the fan assembly is usually a part that can be purchased online and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. However, before attempting any of this, be sure the refrigerator is not plugged in. Do the same process for the evaporator fan, which is typically located behind the freezer unit. This isn’t usually the issue, as this fan is concealed within the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the sounds are coming from the top of the refrigerator that’s the place to check.

If you think it might be the refrigerator compressor, the big, usually gray or black object under the refrigerator near the coils, we advise calling Council Bluffs Appliance Repair. That is not a repair a homeowner should try.

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