Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Strange sounds coming from a refrigerator is one of our most common service calls. This means our technicians know exactly how to diagnose the problem and fix it. Call Eastvale Appliance Repair today! The #1 Eastvale refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your house seems to be a little louder than normal there are some easy place that you can check while trying to find the answer. There are a lot of fans on a refrigerator that often create strange noises. The appliance might also not be level too. Or you could have a compressor wearing down. If your refrigerator is noisier when the ice maker is making ice, the sounds might be a broken a water valve.

There are a couple of obvious components that need to be checked. Like is the refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that is too will often result in glass bottles and other foods and liquids to clink together. This can create a lot of unpleasant noises inside the refrigerator that is not ideal because the refrigerator is on and creating a small vibration.

If you own a model of refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but do not have the water connected, be sure you turned off the dispenser and the ice maker. There is typically a button on the dispenser on the refrigerator that can be pressed to shut off the water dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you simply need to lift the bar inside of it. If the refrigerator is installed very close to a wall in the kitchen, it might cause the normal operating sound to seem a lot louder than it is. This is a result of the echoing of the sound of the refrigerator. Pull the refrigerator out a little from the kitchen wall and then see if that helps or not. A refrigerator needs to be close to 2 inches from the back wall of the kitchen to limit the noise.

If it is not any of these basic and easy fixes, it is time to dive on in. Most of the time, the refrigerator fans are the reason for a refrigerator that’s loud. There are fan blades that will often get dirty and clogged. Often times the fan motors do as well. There’s a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Many times the condenser fan will get a coating of dust or fuzz on it and needs to be cleaned regularly. If the coating builds up and gets too heavy it will sometimes wear out the bearings inside of the refrigerator fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

First, the refrigerator. Most of the time you will need to have a screwdriver or wrench to remove the back panel from the refrigerator. As soon as it is off you will notice a fan behind it. If it’s covered in dirt and dust, get a cloth and gently clean it off. While you are in there you should check the coils as well. These are typically near there and will be full of the same grime and dust that the fan is. Cleaning the coils will only take a couple of minutes but it will help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is actually a common problem that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Spin the fan blades in the refrigerator. Do they spin easily? If not it means the fan motor bearings are broken. This is a simple repair, as the fan assembly is usually a part that can be ordered and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. But, before you do this, ensure the refrigerator is unplugged. Do this same process for the evaporator fan, which is typically located behind the freezer unit. This isn’t typically the problem, as this particular fan is concealed by being 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 might be the compressor, the large, usually black or gray object beneath the refrigerator by the coils, we suggest calling Eastvale Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should try.