We know how much you value your appliances, particularly your refrigerator. It’s a vital piece of equipment that ensures our food stays fresh and our drinks cold. When your GE refrigerator starts making a racket though, it can be annoying and even concerning. But don’t worry! We’re here to guide you through some common causes and solutions for a noisy GE refrigerator.
How To Silence Your Noisy GE Refrigerator: DIY Repair Tips
Transitioning from a peaceful hum to a disturbing noise, your refrigerator might signal a cry for help. It’s essential to identify the source and type of noise to address the problem accurately. So let’s dive into some potential culprits behind that strange noise your GE refrigerator is making.
Refrigerator Isn’t Level
Sometimes, the noise isn’t coming from inside your refrigerator at all. A noisy GE refrigerator can simply be the result of the appliance not being level. If the refrigerator isn’t level, it may vibrate or rattle against the floor or wall.
Fix: Check to see if your refrigerator is level by using a spirit level. If it isn’t, adjust the front legs or rollers until it is. You should also make sure there’s enough space between the refrigerator and the wall, as well as any other adjacent appliances or cabinets.
Water Filter Issues
Why is my GE refrigerator so noisy? An unusual sound from your GE refrigerator could be due to water filter issues. If the filter is clogged or incorrectly installed, it can create noise as the refrigerator works harder to push water through. If you find your brand-new GE fridge making noise check the filter first!
Fix: Start by replacing the water filter, especially if it’s been over six months since the last replacement. Ensure the new filter is OEM and is the correct model for your refrigerator as well as properly installed.
Obstructed Fan Blade
One common cause of a noisy GE refrigerator is an obstruction in either the evaporator or condenser fan blade. When something obstructs these blades, you may hear a sound reminiscent of a playing card hitting bicycle spokes. You also may notice your refrigerator isn’t cooling consistently.
Fix: Check both fans for obstructions. The evaporator fan is accessible by removing the back panel inside the freezer. If the fan blade doesn’t turn freely, look for and remove any obstructions. The condenser fan is located behind a rear panel at the back of the refrigerator. To access this fan, unplug the refrigerator and move it away from the wall. Then, remove the back panel and check for any hindrances. This may be a job for a technician.
Dirty Condenser Coils
Dirty condenser coils can also cause a noisy GE refrigerator. If these coils are coated with dust and dirt, the compressor has to work harder to cool the refrigerant, leading to louder operation.
Fix: Cleaning the refrigerator condenser coils can often solve this problem. Here’s how:
- Turn off the refrigerator’s power.
- Locate the coils (usually behind the refrigerator’s upper grille, above the doors).
- Use an appliance brush to loosen any dust and lint.
- Vacuum the coils using a narrow hose vacuum attachment.
- Restore power and replace the grille.
Why does my GE refrigerator make a loud humming noise? Your noisy GE refrigerator might be due to issues with the compressor. The compressor is the heart of your refrigerator’s cooling system and is usually located at the back near the bottom. The normal operation of your compressor will produce some noise as it cycles on and off, but if the noise becomes unusually loud, persistent, or is followed by a humming or clicking noise, it might indicate a problem.
What Causes It: Compressor noise can be caused by a few issues:
- If the compressor’s internal components are worn out over time, this can generate more noise than normal.
- If the compressor is overheating due to dirty condenser coils (which can cause the compressor to work harder and heat up), this can also cause noise.
- If the start relay which helps start the compressor is defective, the compressor may also make noise.
Fix: For dirty condenser coils, you can clean them by following the instructions provided above. However, if the noise is due to worn-out internal components or a faulty start relay, it is recommended to get a professional’s help.
Faulty Fan Motor
Another reason your GE refrigerator might be making noise is a faulty fan motor. If the noise gets louder when you open the freezer door, the evaporator fan is likely the issue. However, if the humming seems to be coming from the back of the refrigerator, it’s more likely the condenser fan.
Fix: If either fan is malfunctioning, they will require replacement. Because these replacements can be complex, professional service is recommended.
Faulty Water Inlet Valve
A loud buzzing sound when the ice maker is filling could indicate a faulty water inlet valve. Over time, mineral deposits from water can clog this valve, restricting water flow and causing your GE refrigerator to make a buzzing noise.
Fix: Don’t try to repair the water inlet valve, as this can cause it to fail entirely. It’s better to replace the valve altogether, which is usually a job for a technician.
Failing Ice Maker Assembly
A common source of noise in a refrigerator is the ice maker assembly. When the unit is cycling, if the refrigerator is making a loud noise near the ice maker, it’s likely that the ice maker’s drive motor or motor module is beginning to fail.
Fix: Some components, like the drive motor or module, might be sold separately for certain models, so you may not need to replace the entire ice maker assembly. However, in some cases, you might need to purchase and replace the entire assembly. This can be a complex task, so professional service is recommended.
Hopefully, these tips will help you get to the root of your noisy GE refrigerator problem. However, remember, when DIY solutions aren’t enough, it’s always best to call in the pros at Big Lake Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator and freezer repair services. Our experienced technicians can tackle a wide range of issues, ensuring your noisy GE refrigerator is returned to its peaceful hum. Let us take care of your fridge, so you can focus on your life!