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Why is my freezer making noise?

What the most common freezer noises mean

A general level of noise is normal coming from freezers and refrigerators. However, sounds that escalate in noise level or frequency are a clear hint of something off with your home appliance. Diagnosing these noises can be as convenient as a quick video call to a Bodewell appliance expert, or you can review our guide below on common causes of noisy freezers.

  • A low humming or buzzing noise can be heard when the compressor is running.
  • A clicking sound can be heard when the defrost timer switches on and off.
  • Gurgling noises can occur when refrigerant flows through the tubes after a cooling cycle.
  • Popping or cracking sounds can arise when the inside walls of the freezer contract and expand as the temperature fluctuates.

1. Dirty condenser coils

Condenser coils can attract and collect lint, dust, and debris. When condenser coils are coated in dirt and grime, your freezer must work harder to regulate temperature and that causes more noise. You can resolve this extra freezer noise by regularly cleaning your freezer’s condenser coils. Locate the coils at the back or bottom of the appliance, and gently vacuum the part or use a soft brush to remove debris.

Condenser coils can attract and collect lint, dust, and debris. When condenser coils are coated in dirt and grime, your freezer must work harder to regulate temperature and that causes more noise. You can resolve this extra freezer noise by regularly cleaning your freezer’s condenser coils. Locate the coils at the back or bottom of the appliance, and gently vacuum the part or use a soft brush to remove debris.

2. Appliance not level

Check the overall placement of your freezer. If it is not level, the appliance will consistently vibrate. To quickly resolve this issue, call in an expert who knows how to adjust the feet and permanently readjust the alignment of your home freezer.

Check the overall placement of your freezer. If it is not level, the appliance will consistently vibrate. To quickly resolve this issue, call in an expert who knows how to adjust the feet and permanently readjust the alignment of your home freezer.

3. Faulty condenser fan

The condenser fan is an essential part for keeping your freezer cool. Over time and use, they can get damaged and dirty. This can make it difficult for the fan to operate at its best. If you hear a loud clicking noise from your freezer, and the interior is also warmer than it should be, this a sign the condenser fans could be failing. If it is an issue of debris blockage, a thorough cleaning can work wonders. Otherwise, you will need to replace the fan.

The condenser fan is an essential part for keeping your freezer cool. Over time and use, they can get damaged and dirty. This can make it difficult for the fan to operate at its best. If you hear a loud clicking noise from your freezer, and the interior is also warmer than it should be, this a sign the condenser fans could be failing. If it is an issue of debris blockage, a thorough cleaning can work wonders. Otherwise, you will need to replace the fan.

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