It’s a common question: when do fridges stop making noise? There are many answers to this question, but first it is important to understand what the different sounds that your fridge makes actually mean. For example, if you hear a clicking or thumping sound coming from your fridge, don’t be alarmed! This just means that the compressor has kicked on and off. If you hear an intermittent buzzing sound coming from inside of the refrigerator, then there may be an issue with the motor bearings.
Fridges will always output some form of sound, mostly a low buzzing or humming that shouldn’t be heard without listening for it.
Your fridge will make noise for a variety of reasons. If you hear an intermittent buzzing sound coming from inside of the refrigerator, then there may be an issue with the motor bearings. Fridge motor bearings can wear out, causing a buzzing or humming noise that can be heard when the motor is running.
Why is my fridge really loud?
The refrigerator may be excessively loud if it’s been exposed to unusually high or low temperatures. This will cause the compressor and fan motor to work harder, which can lead to excess noise. This is often the case for fridges kept in the garage during summer when the fridge has to work extra hard to keep the temperature cool enough.
Why does my fridge make bubble noises?
This may be due to a water leak. The sound of bubbling liquid can sometimes be mistaken for the noise made by the refrigerator’s compressor and fan motor, but if you’re able to pinpoint where the sounds are coming from then it should be easy to verify which is making more noise at any given time.
Should my fridge compressor stop and start?
Yes. The compressor will stop and start to maintain the desired temperature inside your fridge. When it stops, you should expect some sound because that is when the fan motor turns off as well. The compressor will usually kick in more often in hotter climates and in the summer time.
How do I know if the fridge motor bearings have worn out?
When you hear an intermittent buzzing sound coming from inside of the refrigerator, then there may be an issue with the motor bearings. Fridge motor bearings can wear out and cause a buzzing or humming noise that can be heard when the compressor is running. This should not happen every time it runs because as long as it’s running for less than a few minutes, the noise is usually tolerable.
If you notice that it’s happening more often or for longer periods of time, however, then this could be a sign that something needs to be repaired. The sound may also change if there are no motor bearings left at all and the fan is just spinning freely on its own. It should be noted that the bearing noise cannot be heard when the refrigerator is not running.
If you’re unable to tell which noises are coming from inside of your fridge and can’t find any obvious signs of a problem, try turning off the power for 24 hours without opening it up. This will allow you to compare how loud or quiet it sounds before and after the power has been turned off.
Is there any way to reduce fridge noise?
Yes! There are a number of things you can do to reduce the noise your fridge makes. Here’s what is recommended:
- Always keep heavy items on one side and light ones on another so that the compressor isn’t working as hard; this will result in less load for the motor
- If there is an issue with refrigerator noise, always make sure that the compressor is properly lubricated. This can be done by using a small amount of any light-weight machine oil, such as WD 40
- Make sure to keep the fridge clean and uncluttered with nothing blocking the air vents on top or in front
- Don’t put your refrigerator under anything heavy because it will impede airflow and this will cause it to work harder
- Try not to keep your fridge in a small area because the compressor has less space for air circulation. This can increase the noise level, so try to leave at least two feet of space around all sides of the unit