Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Strange noises coming from a refrigerator is one of our most popular service calls. This means our repairmen know just how to troubleshoot the problem and correct it. Call F&S Fort Worth Appliance Repair today! The #1 Fort Worth refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your kitchen seems to be a little noisier than usual there are a few simple place that you can check while trying to find the cause. There are many fans on a home refrigerator that often create loud sounds. The refrigerator could also not be level too. Or you might have a compressor that’s wearing out. If your refrigerator is louder when the ice maker is working, the sounds might be a broken a water valve.

There are a couple of basic things that need to be checked first. Like is the refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too might result in glass containers and other items to clink together. This will create a lot of loud noises inside of the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is running and thereby creating a minor vibration.

If you own a refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but don’t have the water line hooked up, be sure you shut off the dispenser and the ice maker. There’s almost always a button on the dispenser that can be used to shut off the dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you just need to lift the metal bar. If the refrigerator is installed right by a wall in the kitchen, it might cause the normal operating sound to seem much louder than it is. This is a result of the echoing of the noise of the machine. Move it out away from the wall and then see if that helps at all or not. A refrigerator should be close to 2 inches away from the back wall to reduce the noise.

If it isn’t one of these basic and common fixes, it’s time to explore the issue further. Most of the time, the fans are the cause of a loud refrigerator. There are fan blades that will often get clogged and dirty. Sometimes the fan motors do too. There is a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Often times the refrigerator condenser fan will get a coating of dust or fuzz on it and then needs to be cleaned often. If the dust builds up and gets too heavy it can wear out the bearings inside the fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

First, the refrigerator. Most of the time you will want to have a screwdriver or wrench to get the back panel off from the refrigerator. Once exposed you’ll see a fan inside. If it’s covered in dirt and dust, take a cloth and gently wipe it off. While you are in there look at the coils too. The coils are typically near there and full of the same dust and grime that the fan is. Cleaning the coils only takes a few minutes and it will help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is actually a very common problem that causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Spin the fan blades. Do they spin freely? If not the fan motor bearings are broken. This is an easy repair, as the fan assembly is usually a component that can be purchased online and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. However, before you do this, ensure the refrigerator isn’t plugged in. Do the same process for the evaporator fan, which is typically located behind the freezer. This is not usually the problem, as this particular fan is concealed by being within the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the noises are coming from the top of the appliance that is the place to check.

If you think it might be the compressor, the large, typically black or gray object under the refrigerator near the coils, we suggest calling F&S Fort Worth Appliance Repair. That is not a repair a homeowner should attempt.