Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Loud noises coming from a refrigerator is one of our most common service calls. This means our repairmen know just how to troubleshoot the problem and fix it. Call Gold Appliance Repair today! The #1 Glendale refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your house is a bit noisier than it usually is there are a couple of simple place that you can check while attempting to find the cause. There are many fans on a home refrigerator that often create loud sounds. The appliance might also not be level too. Or you may have a compressor wearing down. If your refrigerator is much louder when the ice maker is working, the noises might be from a broken a water valve.

There are a few obvious components that must be be checked first. Like is your refrigerator too full? A refrigerator that’s too will often result in glass bottles and other items to clink and clank together. This will cause a lot of loud noises inside the refrigerator that is not ideal because the refrigerator is cooling and thereby producing a minor vibration.

If you have a refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you do not have the water line connected, be positive you shut off the water dispenser and ice maker. There’s usually a button on the water dispenser on the refrigerator that can be used to turn off the dispenser. And with the ice maker, you need to pull up the metal bar inside of it. If the refrigerator is installed near a wall in the kitchen, it can sometimes cause the standard operating noise to seem louder. This is a result of the echo of the sound of the machine. Slide the refrigerator out a little away from the wall and see if that helps at all. A refrigerator needs to be about 2 inches away from the back wall to lower the sound.

If it isn’t any of these basic and common fixes, it’s time to dive on in. The majority of the time, the refrigerator fans are the cause of 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. Sometimes the refrigerator condenser fan gets a coating of dust or fuzz on it and then needs to be cleaned often. 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

behind 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 inside. If it is covered in dust and dirt, grab a cloth and gently wipe it off. While you are in there check the coils as well. These are typically near there and covered in the same grime and dust that the fan is. Cleaning the coils will only take a couple of minutes and it will certainly help the refrigerator run more efficiently. This is a very common problem that sometimes causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades in the refrigerator. Do the blades spin freely? If not the fan motor bearings are broken. This is an easy fix, as the fan assembly is typically a unit that can be purchased online and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. However, before you do 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 is not typically the issue, as this fan is concealed within the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the noises are coming from the top of the refrigerator that is the place to look.

If it is possible it could be the refrigerator compressor, the big, typically black or gray object under the refrigerator by the coils, we advise calling Gold Appliance Repair. That is not a repair a homeowner should proceed with.


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