A refrigerator is unarguably the most important appliance in our homes. However, noises from the refrigerator can be annoying. These strange noises from your home appliance may not only cause uncomfortable scenarios, but is also a health hazard. Therefore, it is important that you arm yourself with insightful knowledge on issues causing this problem and learn how to fix them. There are different parts of the refrigeration system that can cause this problem. So check each part carefully and get professional help to handle complicated refrigerator repair problems.
Here is a quick guide to easily identify and fix the problem-causing parts.
Today, most refrigerator brands come with a condenser coil that is usually located at the bottom of the household appliance. The heat from the coil is removed through the condenser fan that allows the circulation of air within the coil. It also circulates air over the drain pan to prevent defrost water from damaging the condenser coil. If you can hear loud noises from the fridge, there could be a problem with the fan motor. Other symptoms of a problem in the fan motor include the fridge not staying cool or turning off abruptly.
If the noise is coming from the rear bottom of the fridge, you must check the condition of the condenser fan. Before checking the fan, make sure that you’ve already disconnected the freezer from the power supply. Then, remove the access panel that is on the rear side of the refrigerator. Look for dirt and debris that may impede the fan from operating freely. You must ensure that the condenser fan is free from obstructions as obstructions can prevent it from circulating the air freely. To remove debris and dirt from the fan, you could use a vacuum cleaner. You also need to check the fan blade, if they are damaged or if the motor is worn out, you must replace them immediately. At times, the problem will be the worn out rubber grommets, so it will be best to replace them.
Evaporator Fan Motor
The fan of the evaporator motor is usually found in your freezer compartment. When the compressor is running, this fan pulls out air from the coils to regulate the refrigerator’s temperature. If the freezer area keeps on producing loud noises, the evaporator fan motor may not be broken. Other symptoms of problem with evaporator fan motor include ice taking a long time to freeze or the fridge not staying cold.
When checking the motor and the fan, you must cut the power supply to the fridge before taking out the evaporator motor cover. If frost or ice is causing the noise, then defrost issues may be causing this noise. If the fan is damaged or loose, you must replace it. At times, the motor’s shaft may prevent the fan from moving freely. If there is an issue with this, you must replace the part immediately. Once you replace the problem part, reconnect the power supply temporarily. However, you must be extremely careful when reconnecting the power supply as there are several live circuits that can endanger the life of the person carrying out the refrigeration repairs. If possible, carry on the fridge repairs under the guidance of a service professional.
Evaporator Fan Motor Grommet
This part helps in reducing the vibration noise by acting as the separator that isolates the motor from the mounting bracket. The grommets may develop wear and tear and can be the source of excess noise. Check the evaporator fan and look for the motor grommet to check if it is worn out. Make sure you disconnect the power supply before checking the condition of the grommet.
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Other parts that could cause noises include the damper control and the compressor. If diagnosing these repair issues seem too complicated, call us today and set up a same day service call with one of our expert service technicians or a repairman for the following cities: