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What to Do if the Refrigerator Making Noise?
Refrigerators should run smoothly and quietly during normal operation. If you find that you are suddenly hearing a buzzing or otherwise noisy refrigerator, this may be a sign of problems with some of the components of your fridge.
We want to show you some common reasons why your refrigerator is so loud and some easy troubleshooting steps to the problems of a noisy refrigerator. While our solutions can be accomplished by refrigerator owners, due to the intricate parts involved it is always advisable to let the pros at FIX Appliances CA take care of the work for you.
Fridge Is Noisy Or Loud
It is quite often the case that if you are hearing excessive loud noises from your fridge while it is running it is due to one of the many moving parts it contains. When these wear or are damaged, an increase in noise can occur.
Condenser fan motor issues
On most modern refrigerators, you will find a fan-cooled condenser coil. If your refrigerator is running quite loudly, the condenser fan could be to blame.
The fan runs at the same time as the evaporator motor as well as the compressor and thus this can be a hard problem to spot when trying to hear it over usual refrigerator compressor noise. If the fan has come loose a bit or is not spinning correctly, it may be contacting surrounding parts or wobbling causing refrigerator fan noise.
Evaporator fan motor issues
The evaporator fan motor does the job of pulling air over the coils of the evaporator in your fridge when the compressor is running. If you find that your refrigerator is making a buzzing noise and it seems to be coming from the freezer area, a faulty evaporator fan motor may be faulty.
In addition to noise you may hear, if you find that your refrigerator is not cooling as well as normal, this can be another indication of a problem with this part. Also if your find that it is taking longer to make ice, the culprit may be the evaporator fan motor.
Evaporator fan motor grommet issues
Your evaporator fan motor has a grommet that is used to isolate the motor from its mounting bracket. The reason for thi is to reduce any noise from vibration that is caused while the fan and motor run.
Regular wear and tear can cause this grommet to erode which can cause it to become loose or detached. When this happens, you can certainly begin to hear an increase in noise in your refrigerator.
If Your Refrigerator Making Noise Here’s What You Can Do About It
Now that we have walked through some of the parts that could be causing a refrigerator making loud noises, the next step is to figure out a solution to the problem. Here are three actions you can take to try and quiet that noisy fridge.
Condenser fan motor troubleshooting
If you suspect that a fridge making loud noise is being caused by the condenser fan motor, the steps to check this part are relatively simple.
Start by unplugging your fridge and then removing the rear access panel. Locate the condenser fan motor that is usually found near the compressor at the bottom rear of the unit.
Visually inspect the fan motor to find any obstructions that may cause noise or any debris that may be a sign of an issue. If you find the motor is worn or seized, your will need to replace your condenser fan motor.
Evaporator fan motor problem solving
Start by unplugging the refrigerator and then removing the evaporator fan cover. This cover is located in the back of the freezer compartment.
Take a look at the motor and look for signs of damage. If you see a large amount of ice on the motor, try defrosting your freezer to see if the issue is resolved.
Try turning the motor by hand to see if it turns freely. It should move in this manner quite easily with little resistance. If the motor does not turn easily or is visibly worn, it is time to replace your evaporator fan motor.
Evaporator fan motor grommet solutions
Start your troubleshooting of this part by unplugging your refrigerator. Remove the evaporator fan cover that is located inside the freezer compartment. Take a look to make sure that the grommet is in place. If it is not in place or if it shows any signs of wear or damage, it is time to replace this part.
Let the Pros at FIX Appliances CA Quiet That Noisy Fridge
All of the problems and solutions we have discussed can be repaired in relatively short order. The problem refrigerator owners often find however, is that these solutions can be beyond their abilities.
That is why it makes so much sense to leave this delicate work to the professionals at FIX Appliances CA. We have years of experience, expertly-trained technicians, and know-how to fix the issue quickly and on your schedule.
Take the next step and look at the host of issues and problems we can solve by checking out our refrigerator repair page or for even faster service, simply give us a call now at 1-888-242-0777!
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