Is your brand new fridge making noise? Is your fridge producing unending annoying sounds just like your noisy upstairs neighbors?
Well, if that’s the case with you, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this guide, I will explain some of the best DIY methods to make a noisy fridge quiet using household items or products readily available online.
If you feel that these tips are a bit technical and would just want another quiet fridge, why not check out my other guide on the quietest fridges on the market.
Ways on How to Quiet Brand New Fridge Making Noise
These are simple DIY that I would recommend to anyone with a brand new fridge making noise.
Luckily you could also implement these hacks for your old refrigerator.
However, before we start fixing anything, it’s important to understand some normal sounds you should expect from your refrigerator.
So, at times, your fridge making noise doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong/broken.
Normal Noises for Brand New Fridge
Below are some sounds that shouldn’t raise a concern for you. You shouldn’t panic just in case your brand-new refrigerator makes these noises.
Dripping- the noise is caused by water flowing into the drain pan and then back to the fridge compartment.
Hissing or sizzling noises result from water that drips on the heater as it flows into the drain pan.
Cracking/ Popping noises often occur as the fridge defrost or cools for the first time- the noise is caused by the wall inside the fridge contracting.
Gurgling – occurs when opening or closing the refrigerator/due to the equalizing pressure inside the refrigerant tubing.
High pitched noise occurs as a result of the refrigerator fans or compressor adjusting for optimal performance.
Brand New Fridge Making Noise- How to Fix the Problem
At the time, some noises could suggest something wrong with your refrigerator.
Below are some of the simplest DIY hacks to identify the problem and probably fix it yourself or call a professional to do it for you.
Condenser Fan Motor
If your refrigerator is making loud noises, not cooling as normal, or even turning on and off regularly, then the condenser fan motor could be the problem.
You will find that majority of the modern frost-free fridges come with a fan-cooled condenser coil.
The condenser fan is responsible for circulating air to help remove heat and evaporate the defrost water from the drain pan.
The condenser fan operates simultaneously as the compressor and evaporator motor.
To inspect whether the condenser motor is the culprit, here’s what you should do:
- Disconnect your fridge from power and remove the access panel at the back.
- The condenser fan motor is located near the compressor at the bottom backside of the fridge.
- Inspect the fan motor for signs of damage or wear- ideally, look for obstructions or debris preventing the fan from spinning freely.
- In case the fan motor is worn out, you will need to replace it.
Evaporator Fan Motor Grommet
The evaporator fan motor grommet’s purpose is to reduce vibrations and isolate the motor from the mounting bracket.
Worn-out grommets can detach, resulting in more vibrations, transforming your fridge into a mini earthmover in the kitchen.
Here’s how to inspect the evaporator fan motor grommet
- Unplug the refrigerator from the power source.
- Carefully remove the evaporator fan cover found in the freezer compartment.
- Check the grommet for any signs of wear or damage.
- In case of signs of damage or wear, then you will need to replace the grommet
Evaporator Fan Motor
The evaporator fan motor helps pull air over the evaporator coils as the compressor turns on.
If you hear loud noises coming from the freezer area, chances are that the evaporator fan motor could be faulty.
You will also notice that the fridge is taking longer to freeze or not keeping things as cold as your previous refrigerator.
Here’s how to inspect:
- Unplug the fridge from the power source and remove the fan cover located inside the freezer area.
- Carefully inspect the motor for signs of damage or wear.
- If you spot a large amount of ice covering the motor, I’d suggest you defrost the freezer and see if that resolves the problem.
- You can also manually turn the evaporator motor shaft and see if it turns without resistance- if not, you need to replace it ASAP.
On Brand New Fridge Making Noise
If your brand new fridge is making noise, at times, it could be normal sounds that shouldn’t get you worried.
However, if the noises become too much nuisance, I’d recommend that you follow the steps I’ve highlighted above.
Hi, my name is Todd R. Bressler and I am the founder of this soundproofing blog. I’m a DIY enthusiast from Cincinnati, the city that just beat New York for the City That Never Sleeps Award in 2020. (Original) I have been in the DIY soundproofing industry for close to 5 years, running a YouTube channel and a Podcast show every Saturday. I started Crafty Soundproofing to help you learn the basics of “self defending yourself against noise”
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