How To Fix A Noisy Refrigerator

As one of the most important appliances in our homes, noises that come from our refrigerators can be annoying not only to you, but to the entire household. Having a noisy refrigerator in your house is not only unhealthy, but can also cause uncomfortable scenarios, as well as unwanted health hazards. In this context, it is always advisable to arm yourself with some insightful knowledge on issues revolving around noisy refrigerators and how to fix them. In this regard, it becomes critical to identify which part of the refrigerator that may be generating the unwanted and unnecessary noise and try to fix them accordingly. There are different parts of the refrigerator that may lead to unwanted noises as is noted below.

Fan Blade

Without delving much into your refrigerator’s model number, certain refrigerators may be prone to making loud and noisy sounds, especially when its door is opened. This calls for the need of checking the fan blade in the compartment just behind the back. You should check whether the back panel opens freely or if the fan blade is rubbing against any object. Remember to first disconnect the refrigerator from the power source and correct any rubbing issues and try again. On the same note, you can also check the condenser fan blade, which is either on the back or underneath depending on your refrigerator’s model.

Evaporator Fan Bladeevaporator fan motor

It is also worth considering that unnecessary noises from your refrigerator may be an indication that your fridge’s evaporator fan blade is worn out. A clear indication of a worn out evaporator fan blade would be a chirping and squealing noise. This may also be accompanied by loud and ear-damaging rumbling and grinding noise. Under such circumstances, it is always advisable to replace the worn out evaporator fan blade with a new one.

Condenser Fan Motor

Another cause for a noisy refrigerator may be an indication that something is stuck in the condenser fan motor blade. It is essential to also keep in mind that there might be defects with the condenser fan motor bearings. You should pull out the refrigerator from the wall and remove the access panel in order to access condenser fan motor.

condenser fan motor


Loud noise from the refrigerator’s compressor may be normal; however, some compressors may be much noisier over time. Nevertheless, when your refrigerator starts producing noise that is out of the ordinary, then this may be an indication of a problem with your compressor. Considering that compressors may run for years without any problem, any worsening noise from the compressor might be a clear indication that your refrigerator requires a closer look from a qualified refrigerator repair technician.

Water Inlet Valvewater inlet valve

Your refrigerator may produce unwanted noises, especially when the ice maker is filling. Without any doubt, these noises may be an indication that the water inlet valve is at fault. This noise can be as a result of restriction in the valve, probably caused by mineral deposits. It is always advisable to replace the entire water inlet valve under such circumstances. This is at the backdrop of the fact that replacing any part of the valve can fail and cause flooding if disassembled.

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