Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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A noisy refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your house seems to be a bit noisier than it usually is there are a couple of simple things that you can check while attempting to find the cause. There are many fans on a standard refrigerator that might create strange noises. The appliance could also not be balanced too. Or you might have a compressor that is wearing down. If your refrigerator is louder when the ice maker is operating, the noises might be a broken a water valve.

There are a couple of obvious things that must be be checked. Like is the refrigerator too full? A refrigerator that’s too can cause glass jars and other items to clink together. This can cause a lot of loud noises inside the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is running and naturally creating a small vibration.

If you own a refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you do not have the water line hooked up, be positive you shut off the dispenser and the ice maker. There’s almost always a button on the dispenser on the refrigerator that can be used to shut off the dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you just need to pull up the metal bar inside of it. If the refrigerator was installed near a wall, it could cause the normal operating noise to seem louder than it is. This is due to the echoing of the noise of the machine. Pull it out a little away from the kitchen wall and see if that helps at all. A refrigerator needs to be around 2 inches away from the rear wall of the kitchen to reduce the sound.

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

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

The first thing to do is unplug the refrigerator. The condenser fan is typically located in the back of the refrigerator. Most of the time you will need a screwdriver or wrench to get the back panel off from the refrigerator. Once exposed you will see a fan in there. If it’s covered in dust and dirt, grab a rag and gently wipe it off. While you are in there you should look at the coils too. The coils are usually near there and full of the same dust and grime that the fan is. Wiping down the coils only takes a couple of minutes and it will certainly help the refrigerator run more efficiently. This is actually a very common problem that causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades. Do they spin easily? If they do not the fan motor bearings are broken. This is a simple repair, as the fan assembly is usually a component that can be ordered and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. But, before attempting any of this, be sure the refrigerator is unplugged. Do this same process for the evaporator fan in the refrigerator, which is located behind the freezer. This is not usually the issue, as this fan is protected within the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the noises are coming from the top of the refrigerator that is the area to look.

If it is possible it might be the refrigerator compressor, the large, typically black or gray object under the refrigerator by the coils, we suggest calling Apex Joliet Appliance Repair. That is not a repair a homeowner should try.