Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Loud sounds coming out of a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. This means our technicians know just how to troubleshoot the issue and repair it. Call Gaithersburg Appliance Repair today! The #1 Gaithersburg refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is the worst. If the refrigerator in your home seems to be a little louder than usual there are a couple of easy place that you can look at while trying to find the answer. There are a lot of fans on a standard refrigerator that might create strange sounds. The appliance could also not be balanced too. Or you might have a compressor wearing down. If your refrigerator is much noisier when the ice maker is operating, the sounds might be a broken a water valve.

There are one or two obvious things that need to be checked. Like is the refrigerator too full? A refrigerator that is too could cause glass jars and other food items to clink and clank together. This can cause a lot of unpleasant sounds inside of the refrigerator that’s not ideal because the refrigerator is on and producing a small vibration.

If you have a refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you don’t have the water line hooked up, be sure you shut off the water dispenser and ice maker. There is almost always a button on the dispenser on the refrigerator that can be used to turn off the water dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you just need to lift the bar. If the refrigerator is installed right by a wall, it will sometimes cause the normal operating noise to seem a lot louder. This is because of the echo of the sound of the machine. Slide it out a little from the wall and then see if that helps or not. A refrigerator should be around 2 inches away from the back wall to reduce the noise.

If it’s not any of these simple and common fixes, it’s time to explore the issue further. The majority of the time, the fans are the reason for a loud refrigerator. There are fan blades that can get clogged and dirty. There are times the fan motors do too. There’s a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Many times the refrigerator condenser fan gets a coating of dust on it and needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. If the coating gets too heavy it can wear out the bearings inside of the refrigerator fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

First, the refrigerator. A lot of the time you will want to have a wrench or screwdriver to get the back panel off from the refrigerator. Once off you will see a fan in there. If it is full of dust and dirt, get a rag and gently wipe it off. While you’re in there look at the coils as well. These are usually right there and full of the same dust and grime that the fan is. Wiping down the coils will only take a few minutes but it will help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is actually a common problem that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades. Do they spin freely? If not the fan motor bearings are not working. This is an easy fix, as the fan assembly is typically a part that can be ordered and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. But, before doing any of this, be sure the refrigerator is unplugged. Do the same process for the evaporator fan, which is typically located behind the freezer unit. This isn’t typically the problem, as this fan is protected inside the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the sounds are coming from the top of the refrigerator that is the place to check.

If it’s possible that it could be the compressor, the big, usually black or gray object under the refrigerator near the coils, we recommend calling Gaithersburg Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should attempt.