Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Strange noises coming from a refrigerator is one of our most common service calls. That means our repairmen know just how to diagnose the problem and correct it. Call Premiere Plantation Appliance Repair today! The #1 Plantation refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is very annoying. If the refrigerator in your kitchen seems to be a bit louder than it usually is there are a few easy place that you can look at while trying to find the answer. There are many fans on a standard refrigerator that could create strange sounds. The refrigerator could also not be balanced too. Or you may have a compressor that is wearing out. If your refrigerator is louder when the ice maker is working, the noises might be a broken a water valve.

There are a couple of obvious things that need to be checked. Like is the refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that is too can result in glass bottles and other foods and liquids to clink and clank together. This will cause a lot of annoying sounds inside of the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is running and thereby producing a small vibration.

If you have a refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you do not have the water line connected, be positive 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 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 was installed really close to a wall, it could cause the normal operating noise to seem louder than it really is. This is due to the echo of the sound of the appliance. Pull it out a little from the kitchen wall and see if that helps at all. A refrigerator should be around 2 inches away from the rear wall to reduce the noise.

If it isn’t any of these simple and common fixes, it is time to dive on in. The majority of the time, the refrigerator fans are the cause of a refrigerator that is loud. There are fan blades that sometimes get clogged and dirty. There are times the fan motors do too. There is a condenser fan and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Many times the condenser fan will get a coating of dust on it and needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. If the dust gets too heavy it will sometimes wear out the bearings inside of the refrigerator fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

behind the refrigerator. Most of the time you will need to have a screwdriver or wrench to get the back panel off from the refrigerator. As soon as it’s off you’ll notice a fan in there. If it’s full of dirt and dust, get a cloth and gently clean it off. While you are 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 will only take a few minutes but it will help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is a common problem that can cause a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Turn the fan blades in the refrigerator. Do they spin freely? If not the fan motor bearings are broken. This is a simple repair, as the fan assembly is typically a component that can be ordered and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. However, before trying any of this, ensure the refrigerator is unplugged. Do the same process for the evaporator fan in the refrigerator, which is typically located behind the freezer unit. This is not typically the problem, as this fan is concealed 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 you think it might be the refrigerator compressor, the large, typically black or gray object beneath the refrigerator by the coils, we advise calling Premiere Plantation Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should proceed with.

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