Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Strange noises coming from a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. That means our technicians know just how to diagnose the issue and repair it. Call Fast Fall River Appliance Repair today! The #1 Fall River refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your home seems to be a little noisier than it usually is there are some simple things that you can check while attempting to find the cause. There are several fans on a standard refrigerator that might create loud noises. The refrigerator might also not be level too. Or you might have a compressor wearing down. If your refrigerator is noisier when the ice maker is working, the sounds could be from a broken a water valve.

There are some obvious components that must be be checked. Like is your refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too might result in glass bottles and other items to clink together. This can create a lot of unpleasant noises inside the refrigerator that is not ideal because the refrigerator is running and thereby creating a minor vibration.

If you own a refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you do not have the water connected, be sure you turned off the dispenser and the ice maker. There’s typically a button on the dispenser on the refrigerator that can be pressed to shut off the water dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you simply need to pull up the metal bar inside of it. If the refrigerator is installed right by a wall, it could cause the standard running noise to seem much louder. This is because of the echo of the noise of the machine. Pull it out from the wall and then see if that helps. A refrigerator should be about 2 inches away from the back wall of the kitchen to lower the noise.

If it isn’t any of these basic and easy fixes, it’s time to explore the issue further. The majority of the time, the refrigerator fans are the reason for a refrigerator that is loud. There are fan blades that will often get dirty and clogged. There are 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 on it and should be cleaned regularly. If it builds up and gets too heavy it might wear out the bearings inside the fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

behind the refrigerator. A lot of the time you will need to have a wrench or screwdriver to remove the back panel. Once off you’ll see a fan inside. If it’s full of dust and dirt, find a rag and gently wipe it off. While you are in there you should check the coils too. The coils are typically near there and covered in the same grime and dust that the fan is. Cleaning the coils will only take a few minutes and it will help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is a common problem that sometimes causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades. Do the fan blades spin easily? If not the fan motor bearings are broken. This is an easy repair, as the fan assembly is usually a unit that can be ordered and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. However, before doing any of this, be sure the refrigerator is not plugged in. Do the same process for the evaporator fan, which is typically located behind the freezer unit. This is not usually the issue, as this particular fan is protected by being within the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the noises are coming from the top of the refrigerator that is the place to check.

If it’s possible that it could be the refrigerator compressor, the big, usually gray or black object beneath the refrigerator by the coils, we advise calling Fast Fall River Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should attempt.