Why is My Refrigerator Noisy?

Loud noises coming from a refrigerator is one of our most common customer calls. That means our repairmen know just how to troubleshoot the issue and repair it. Call North Las Vegas Appliance Repair today! The #1 North Las Vegas refrigerator repair service.

A noisy refrigerator is extremely annoying. If the refrigerator in your kitchen seems to be a little louder than usual there are some easy things that you can look at while trying to find a solution. There are many fans on a standard refrigerator that might create loud sounds. The appliance could also not be balanced too. Or you could have a compressor that is wearing out. If your refrigerator is much noisier when the ice maker is making ice, the noises might be a broken a water valve.

There are a couple of basic components that should be checked first. Like is your refrigerator too full? A refrigerator that’s too will often result in glass jars and other foods and liquids to clink together. This will create a lot of loud sounds inside the refrigerator that’s not ideal because the refrigerator is cooling and naturally creating a minor vibration.

If you own a model of refrigerator that has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker but you don’t have the water line connected, be sure you turned off the dispenser and ice maker. There is almost always a button on the water dispenser that can be used to turn off the dispenser. And with the ice maker, you just need to pull up the metal bar. If the refrigerator was installed near a wall in the kitchen, it might cause the normal operating sound to seem much louder. This is a result of the echo of the sound of the appliance. Slide it out a little away from the wall and see if that helps at all. A refrigerator should be around 2 inches from the back wall to lower the sound.

If it is not any of these basic and easier fixes, it’s time to dive on in. Most of the time, the refrigerator fans are the cause of a refrigerator that’s loud. There are fan blades that sometimes get dirty and clogged. There are times the fan motors do too. There is a condenser fan in the refrigerator and an evaporator on refrigerators too. Sometimes the condenser fan gets a coating of dust on it and then needs to be cleaned often. If it 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 to have a wrench or screwdriver to get the back panel off. Once exposed you’ll notice a fan in there. If it’s full of dust and dirt, get a rag and gently wipe it off. While you’re in there look at the coils as well. The coils are usually near there and will be full of the same dust and grime that the fan is. Wiping down the coils will only take a couple of minutes and it will certainly help the refrigerator run efficiently. This is actually 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 it means the fan motor bearings are broken. This is a simple repair, as the fan assembly is usually a unit that can be purchased online and can be replaced by simply disconnecting it. But, before you do any of this, ensure the refrigerator isn’t plugged in. Do this same process for the evaporator fan, which is located behind the freezer. This isn’t typically the issue, as this fan is protected inside the walls of the refrigerator. But, when the sounds are coming from the top of the refrigerator that’s the place to check.

If you think it might be the compressor, the large, usually black or gray object beneath the refrigerator by the coils, we advise calling North Las Vegas Appliance Repair. That is not a repair a homeowner should proceed with.