Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Strange noises coming out of a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. This means our repairmen know exactly how to troubleshoot the problem and correct it. Call Bethesda Appliance Repair today! The #1 Bethesda refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is very annoying. If the refrigerator in your house seems to be a bit noisier than usual there are some easy things that you can look at while attempting to find the cause. There are many fans on a home refrigerator that often create strange noises. The appliance might also not be balanced too. Or you might have a compressor wearing down. If your refrigerator is a lot louder when the ice maker is operating, the sounds might be from a broken a water valve.

There are one or two basic components that need to be checked. Like is your refrigerator too full? A refrigerator that’s too might result in glass jars and other items to clink together. This will cause a lot of annoying sounds inside of the refrigerator that’s not ideal because the refrigerator is cooling and thereby creating a minor vibration.

If you own a model of refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but do not have the water hooked up, be sure you turned off the water dispenser and the ice maker. There is almost always a button on the water dispenser on the refrigerator that can be used to turn off the water dispenser. And with the ice maker, you just need to pull up the bar inside of it. If the refrigerator is installed really close to a wall in the kitchen, it could cause the standard running sound to seem much louder than it really is. This is a result of the echoing of the sound of the refrigerator. Move it out a little away from the kitchen wall and then see if that helps at all or not. A refrigerator should be close to 2 inches away from the back wall of the kitchen to reduce the sound.

If it is not one of these basic and easy fixes, it is time to dive on in. The majority of the time, the refrigerator fans are the reason for a refrigerator that’s loud. There are fan blades that sometimes get dirty and clogged. Sometimes the fan motors do too. There’s a condenser fan and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Sometimes the condenser fan gets a coating of dust or fuzz on it and then needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. If it gets too heavy it can wear out the bearings inside the fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

The first thing to do is unplug the refrigerator. The condenser fan is usually located in the back of the refrigerator. A lot of the time you will want a wrench or screwdriver to remove the back panel. Once off you will notice a fan behind it. If it is covered in dust and dirt, find a rag and gently wipe it off. While you’re in there you should check the coils too. The coils are usually right there and will be covered in the same dust and grime that the fan is. Cleaning the coils only takes a few minutes but it will help the refrigerator run more efficiently. This is actually a very common issue that sometimes causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Spin the fan blades. Do the blades spin freely? If not it means 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 just disconnecting it. However, before doing any of this, be sure the refrigerator is unplugged. Do this same process for the evaporator fan in the refrigerator, which is typically located behind the freezer. This isn’t usually the issue, as this fan is protected by being inside the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the noises are coming from the top of the refrigerator that is the area to look.

If you think it might be the compressor, the big, usually gray or black object under the refrigerator by the coils, we suggest calling Bethesda Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should try.