Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Loud noises coming out of a refrigerator is one of our most popular service calls. This means our technicians know just how to diagnose the issue and repair it. Call Kenosha Appliance Repair today! The #1 Kenosha refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your house is a bit noisier than it usually is there are a couple of easy things that you can look at while trying to find a solution. There are a lot of fans on a home refrigerator that might create loud sounds. The refrigerator could also not be level too. Or you could have a compressor wearing out. If your refrigerator is a lot louder when the ice maker is operating, the noises might be from a broken a water valve.

There are a few basic things that need to be checked first. Like is your refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too could cause glass jars and other food items to clink together. This will cause a lot of annoying sounds inside the refrigerator that is not ideal because the refrigerator is running and thereby producing a small vibration.

If you own a refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you don’t have the water line hooked up, be positive you turned off the water dispenser and ice maker. There’s typically a button on the water dispenser that can be used to turn off the water dispenser. And with the ice maker, you just need to pull up the metal bar. If the refrigerator was installed really close to a wall, it will cause the standard running noise to seem much louder than it really is. This is due to the echo of the noise of the appliance. Pull it out from the kitchen wall and see if that helps at all. A refrigerator needs to be close to 2 inches from the back wall to lower the sound.

If it is not any of these basic and easier fixes, it’s time to dive on in. The majority of the time, the refrigerator fans are the cause of a refrigerator that’s loud. There are fan blades that sometimes get clogged and dirty. 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 should be cleaned often. If the coating gets too heavy it can wear out the bearings inside the refrigerator fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

behind the refrigerator. A lot of the time you will want a wrench or screwdriver to remove the back panel. As soon as it is off you’ll see a fan inside. If it’s full of dust and dirt, find a cloth and gently clean it off. While you are in there check the coils as well. The coils are usually near there and will be full of the same grime and dust that the fan is. Wiping down the coils only takes a couple of minutes but it will help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is a very common issue that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades. Do the blades spin freely? If they do not it means the fan motor bearings are not working. This is a simple fix, as the fan assembly is usually a component that can be purchased online and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. But, before doing this, be sure the refrigerator is not plugged in. Do the same process for the evaporator fan, which is located behind the freezer unit. This is not usually the issue, as this fan is concealed inside the walls of the refrigerator. But, if the sounds are coming from the top of the appliance that’s the place to check.

If you think it could be the compressor, the big, usually gray or black object under the refrigerator by the coils, we suggest calling Kenosha Appliance Repair. That isn’t a repair a homeowner should try.

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