There’s perhaps nothing that gets more annoying than a noisy refrigerator in your kitchen. You might be thinking that it’s just a phase and will go away soon. However, It’s important to investigate the source of the noise, as there could be a serious problem. Here’s how to quiet a noisy refrigerator compressor, drain pan, fan, and more. If you try these steps and still can’t determine what’s causing the noise, make sure to book appliance repair through Pulled. Get the professional at your door, without any hassle.
Find The Source
To properly address the problem of your noisy refrigerator, you’ll need to determine where the noise might be coming from.
If noises from your refrigerator seem to be coming from the bottom, the drain pan is likely loose. Loud noises coming from the back of the unit might indicate that the defrost timer, condenser fan, or compressor need repair. Additionally, loud noises coming from the inside of your refrigerator might indicate that the evaporator fan, which circulates air through the freezer and fridge, has gone bad.
Start With The Drain Pan
The drain pain coming loose is one of the most common issues and one of the easiest fixes to make to reduce any loud noises. Simply secure the pan back in place with the existing screws and hardware to get back to peace and quiet.
Check For A Faulty Defrost Timer
Ticking or scraping sounds often indicate a faulty defrost timer. If you hear these sounds, check for frost buildup in the refrigerator and freezer compartments, which is a sign of timer failure, the thermostat is set correctly in this scenario. In case, your refrigerator makes loud noises only once or twice per day, for about an hour, this is another sign that the defrost timer should be replaced. If this is the case you’ll want to book a refrigerator repair professional to investigate further.
Clean and Inspect the Condenser Fan
Not all refrigerators have condenser fans, but If yours does, you’ll find it behind an access panel on the back (exterior) of the fridge. Unplug your fridge and inspect the condenser fan—including the rubber grommets—for any wear and tear. Use a soft brush to clean dirt and debris that might be obstructing the condenser motor fan.
Check the Evaporator Fan
To check for a faulty evaporator fan, simply push in the light switch in the freezer. this will trigger the noise to get louder. If this happens, inspect the fan to see the extent of the damage. You can find this fan at the back of the freezer section inside the refrigerator. You can access it by removing a panel with screws or clips holding it in place. Make sure to unplug your refrigerator before spinning the fan blade with your hand to see if it’s operating smoothly. You’ll also want to check wires, grommets, and other components for signs of wear and tear. If the fan blade doesn’t move freely or you see signs of damage or corrosion, it may be necessary to replace the fan and surrounding parts.
Check The Compressor
The noise made by a refrigerator’s compressor is a common complaint that can be determined if you unplug the refrigerator and then the motor of the condenser fan, and then plug your refrigerator back in. If the refrigerator’s noise continues, the compressor is the problem, however, because the compressor is so essential to the refrigerator’s performance, we recommend that you call a professional for the issue.