Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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

A loud refrigerator is the worst. If the refrigerator in your kitchen is a little louder than usual there are a couple of simple place that you can check while attempting to find a solution. There are several fans on a refrigerator that might create loud noises. The refrigerator might also not be level too. Or you may have a compressor wearing out. If your refrigerator is louder when the ice maker is making ice, the sounds could be 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 containers and other items to clink and clank together. This can cause a lot of unpleasant noises inside the refrigerator that’s not ideal because the refrigerator is running and thereby producing a minor vibration.

If you have a model of refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but do not have the water hooked up, be positive you turned off the dispenser and the ice maker. There is usually a button on the water dispenser that can be used to turn off the dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you simply need to lift the bar inside of it. If the refrigerator is installed near a wall in the kitchen, it can sometimes cause the standard running sound to seem much louder than it really is. This is due to the echo of the sound of the machine. Pull the refrigerator out from the kitchen wall and see if that helps at all or not. A refrigerator should be close to 2 inches from the back wall of the kitchen to reduce the sound.

If it isn’t any of these simple 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 as well. There’s a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Often times the refrigerator condenser fan gets a coating of dust on it and then needs to be cleaned regularly. If it gets too heavy it will sometimes 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. Once exposed you’ll notice a fan inside. If it’s covered in dust and dirt, get a rag and gently clean it off. While you are in there you should check the coils as well. These are typically near there and will be covered in the same grime and dust that the fan is. Wiping down the coils will only take a couple of minutes but it will certainly help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is a very common problem that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades. Do the blades spin freely? If they don’t the fan motor bearings are not working. 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. However, before you do this, ensure the refrigerator isn’t plugged in. Do this same process for the evaporator fan, which is typically located behind the freezer unit. This isn’t typically the problem, as this particular fan is protected by being within the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the sounds are coming from the top of the refrigerator that is the area to look.

If you think it might be the compressor, the big, typically gray or black object beneath the refrigerator near the coils, we advise calling Tuscaloosa Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should try.

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