Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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

A loud refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your kitchen seems to be a bit noisier than it usually is there are a few easy things that you can check while attempting to find a solution. There are a lot of fans on a home refrigerator that might create loud noises. The appliance could also not be balanced too. Or you could have a compressor that’s wearing out. If your refrigerator is much noisier when the ice maker is making ice, the sounds could be a broken a water valve.

There are a couple of basic components that need to be checked. Like is your refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too could result in glass bottles and other items to clink together. This will cause a lot of loud sounds inside of the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is on and naturally producing a minor vibration.

If you have a model of refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but do not have the water connected, be sure you turned off the dispenser and ice maker. There is typically a button on the water dispenser that can be used to shut off the dispenser. And with the ice maker, you need to pull up the metal bar. If the refrigerator was installed very close to a wall in the kitchen, it might cause the normal running sound to seem much louder than it is. This is due to the echo of the noise of the refrigerator. Move the refrigerator out away from the wall and see if that helps or not. A refrigerator should be about 2 inches from the rear wall of the kitchen to lower the noise.

If it’s not one of these basic and common fixes, it’s 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. There are times the fan motors do as well. There’s a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Many times the refrigerator condenser fan will get a coating of dust on it and then needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. If the coating builds up and 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. A lot of the time you will need a wrench or screwdriver to get the back panel off. As soon as it’s off you’ll notice a fan in there. If it’s covered in dust and dirt, grab a cloth and gently clean it off. While you’re in there look at the coils too. These are typically near there and 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 actually a common issue that sometimes causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

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

If you think it could be the compressor, the big, usually black or gray object under the refrigerator near the coils, we advise calling Key Glendale Appliance Repair. That isn’t a repair a homeowner should proceed with.


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