Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

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Strange sounds coming out of a refrigerator is one of our most popular customer calls. This means our repairmen know just how to diagnose the problem and fix it. Call Moreno Valley Appliance Repair today! The #1 Moreno Valley refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your house seems to be a bit noisier than usual there are a few simple place that you can look at while attempting to find the answer. There are several fans on a refrigerator that could create strange noises. The refrigerator could also not be balanced too. Or you could have a compressor that is wearing out. If your refrigerator is a lot louder when the ice maker is operating, the noises could be from a broken a water valve.

There are a few basic things that should be checked. Like is the refrigerator filled too full? A refrigerator that’s too can sometimes result in glass containers and other food items to clink together. This will create a lot of annoying sounds inside of the refrigerator that isn’t ideal because the refrigerator is running and thereby creating a minor vibration.

If you have a model of refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice maker but you do not have the water line hooked up, be sure you shut off the dispenser and ice maker. There’s almost always a button on the dispenser that can be used to shut off the dispenser. And as far as the ice maker, you need to pull up the metal bar. If the refrigerator is installed really close to a wall, it might cause the standard operating sound to seem louder than it really is. This is a result of the echoing of the noise of the machine. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall and then see if that helps or not. A refrigerator should be close to 2 inches away from the back wall of the kitchen to lower the noise.

If it isn’t one of these simple and easier fixes, it’s time to dive on in. Most of the time, the refrigerator fans are the cause of a refrigerator that is loud. There are fan blades that can get dirty and clogged. There are times the fan motors do as well. There is a condenser fan and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Sometimes the refrigerator condenser fan will get a coating of dust or fuzz on it and then should be cleaned on a regular basis. If the dust builds up and gets too heavy it might wear out the bearings inside of the refrigerator fan’s motor.

Clean the Fan & Refrigerator Condenser Coils

First, the refrigerator. A lot of the time you will want a wrench or screwdriver to get the back panel off. Once off you’ll notice a fan inside. If it’s full of dirt and dust, grab a rag and gently clean it off. While you’re in there you should check the coils as well. These are usually near there and will be covered in the same dust and grime that the fan is. Cleaning the coils will only take a few minutes and 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. Do the fan blades spin freely? If they don’t it means the fan motor bearings are broken. This is a simple repair, as the fan assembly is usually a unit that can be ordered and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. However, before you do this, be sure the refrigerator is not plugged in. 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 by being within the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the noises are coming from the top of the appliance that’s the area to check.

If it is possible it could be the refrigerator compressor, the big, usually gray or black object beneath the refrigerator near the coils, we recommend calling Moreno Valley Appliance Repair. That isn’t a repair a homeowner should proceed with.