How to Diagnose a Noisy Refrigerator

Nobody likes a noisy refrigerator. It’s loud, obnoxious and disturbs the serenity that you should always have when partaking in food related activities.

So below are some simple diagnosing methods that should keep you from wit’s end.

But first, ask yourself one question: where is the noise coming from?

Is the noise coming from inside the refrigerator?

  1. If it’s coming from inside, the problem is most likely the evaporator fan motor. To check, take the evaporator cover (in the back or bottom of the freezer) off. Once you’ve removed it, you should be able to see the fan and verify that it’s noisy. If the fan is noisy, you should replace it.
  2. If it’s not the fan, and the noise is coming from the freezer, then there may not be much of a problem. At times there will be a groaning noise coming from the freezer from when the compressor has just cut off. So no worries there!
  3. If the noise is coming from inside the fresh food compartment, the only thing it could possibly be is the defrost timer, which is located near the control – and again, you should replace it.

Is the noise coming from outside the refrigerator?

  1. The compressor and condenser can cause a very noisy refrigerator. Take the back off the refrigerator and make sure nothing is in the fan. If there isn’t anything in the fan, unplug the refrigerator then unplug the fan motor. Next, plug the refrigerator back in. If the noise is gone, in this case, the fan is bad and need to be replaced. If the noise doesn’t stop then the compressor is bad.
  2. If the compressor is bad, you might want to consider resigning to gritting your teeth every time you go near your fridge or consider getting a new refrigerator. (As it were, compressors are very expensive.) But if it’s noisy when it cutting off, the problem is the compressor. If the noise is coming from the front of the refrigerator, it’s the defrost timer and it should be replaced.

No one should have to be subjected to a bad kitchen or food experience. If your refrigerator is noisy, give it a quick check up and a little TLC, and hopefully you can nip the problem in the bud.

One thought on “How to Diagnose a Noisy Refrigerator

  1. I do not understand the idea behind “newer refrigerators are more efficient, and use smaller compressors, so they run a larger percentage of the time”. I have a new fridge (I also have one that is 5 years old that I love!), and it seems to be running constantly. it is literally running at least 80% of the time, and it is well stocked, and this is even in the morning when it hasn’t been opened for over 12 hours. The food is the right temperature, the gaskets seem fine………but I worry about how quickly food will spoil should I lose power? if it has to run that frequently to maintain temperature, it seems it is not insulated well. (BTW, going out today to buy a fridge thermometer to be sure about the temp.) I personally think it’s a bad fridge. Would love your input.

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