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Addressing Unusual Fridge Noises

Even new refrigerators make some noise, but certain sounds can indicate a problem. Recognizing these noises and knowing how to address them can save you from unnecessary fridge repair calls. Here’s a guide to identifying common fridge noises, their causes, and solutions:

Step 1: Identifying the Noise Vibrations and Dripping Sounds

An unlevel fridge often causes vibrations. Adjust the leveling screws or legs to stabilize it. Dripping noises and hissing sounds, often due to oil in the compressor or refrigerant flow, are normal.

Gurgling and Buzzing

Gurgling sounds during the defrost cycle, as ice melts and drains, are normal. Buzzing could be from the water dispenser filling up, which is typical if connected to a water line. If not connected, turn off the ice maker or water dispenser.

Clicking and Rattling

Clicking from the evaporator valve or adjustments in the compressor or fan is normal, particularly when the fridge regulates different compartments. Rattling may be caused by loose items on or around the fridge. Ensure everything is secured. Avoid placing heavy objects on the fridge and ensure adequate ventilation.

Sizzling and Compressor Noises

Sizzling indicates water dripping on the heater during defrosting, which is normal. Sounds of ice cubes falling or being pushed out of the mold, including grinding noises, are also typical.

Step 2: Locating the Noise Source Inside the Refrigerator

If it’s from the circulation fan behind an access panel, the solution is usually to replace the fan.

Bottom of the Refrigerator

Noises here often come from the drain pan. Securely repositioning the pan can resolve this.

Back of the Refrigerator

Noises at the back can signify issues with the compressor, condenser fan, or defrost timer. Clearing dust and debris from the condenser fan often solves the problem. If it’s the compressor or defrost timer, replacement is necessary.

Pro Tip

To prevent noise from dust and debris, annually unplug the fridge, open the lower back panel, and vacuum any buildup.

Step 3: When to Seek Fridge Repair

After identifying and attempting to fix the noise, if it persists, it might be time for professional fridge repair. Understanding which noises are normal and which are problematic is essential for maintenance and can prevent unnecessary repair costs.

For persistent, loud, or unusual fridge noises, contact iCare Appliance Repair at (647) 370-2828 for same-day, professional fridge repair services.

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