Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Loud noises coming from a refrigerator is one of our most common service calls. This means our repairmen know just how to diagnose the problem and fix it. Call Providence Appliance Repair today! The #1 Providence refrigerator repair service.

A loud refrigerator is the worst. If the refrigerator in your house is a little noisier than normal there are some simple things that you can look at while attempting to find the cause. There are many fans on a refrigerator that could create loud sounds. The refrigerator could also not be level too. Or you could have a compressor that’s wearing down. If your refrigerator is noisier when the ice maker is operating, the noises might be from a broken a water valve.

There are a couple of basic things that need to be checked. Like is your refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too could cause glass containers and other food items to clink together. This can create a lot of loud sounds inside the refrigerator that is not ideal because the refrigerator is on and thereby producing a small vibration.

If you own a refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but do not have the water line connected, be sure you turned off the dispenser and the ice maker. There’s almost always a button on the water dispenser on the refrigerator that can be pressed to shut off the water dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you need to lift the metal bar inside of it. If the refrigerator was installed really close to a wall in the kitchen, it could cause the standard operating sound to seem a lot louder than it really is. This is because of the echoing of the sound of the appliance. Pull it out a bit from the wall and see if that helps at all. A refrigerator needs to be close to 2 inches away from the back wall to lower the sound.

If it is not any of these simple and easy 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 can get clogged and dirty. There are times the fan motors do too. There’s a condenser fan and an evaporator on the refrigerator too. Many times the refrigerator condenser fan gets a coating of dust on it and then needs to be cleaned often. If it gets too heavy it might wear out the bearings inside of the fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

The first thing to do is unplug the refrigerator. The condenser fan is usually located in the back of the refrigerator. Most of the time you will need to have a screwdriver or wrench to remove the back panel. Once exposed you will notice a fan inside. If it is covered in dirt and dust, find a rag and gently clean it off. While you are in there you should look at the coils as well. These are usually near there and full of the same grime and dust that the fan is. Wiping down the coils will only take a few minutes and it will certainly help the refrigerator run more efficiently. This is a common problem that causes a refrigerator to run non-stop.

Spin the fan blades in the refrigerator. Do they spin easily? If they do not it means the fan motor bearings are broken. This is an easy repair, as the fan assembly is usually a part that can be ordered and can be replaced by just disconnecting it. However, before doing any of this, be sure the refrigerator is unplugged. Do the same process for the evaporator fan in the refrigerator, which is typically located behind the freezer. This is not typically the problem, as this fan is protected within the walls of the refrigerator. But, if the noises are coming from the top of the appliance that’s the place to look.

If it’s possible it might be the compressor, the big, typically black or gray object beneath the refrigerator by the coils, we recommend calling Providence Appliance Repair. That’s not a repair a homeowner should attempt.