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Why does my fridge keep clicking on and off?

What clicking noises mean for your refrigerator

Occasional clicking coming from your refrigerator is normal background in your home. But in some cases, that clicking is the clue you need to diagnose a refrigerator problem. In the worst case it could mean temperature regulation issues caused by a struggling condenser fan or a malfunctioning starter relay. Don’t worry: we’ll give you our expert insight on what you can do to remedy a constantly clicking fridge.

Option 1: Review the starter relay.

Is the refrigerator fan running, but the fridge still seems warm? It’s actually the fridge compressor’s job to maintain a consistent coolness based on internal thermostat readings. The compressor then supplies the cooled air and the fan distributes it within the refrigerator cabin. So, when fans are active, this likely means your refrigerator’s starter relay is not able to trigger the compressor into action.

For some refrigerator models, you can easily access and check if the starter relay is faulty. Our experts can virtually guide you step by step through the process:

  1. Locate the refrigerator’s power supply. Unplug the refrigerator.
  2. Find and access your fridge’s rear panel by pushing it away from the wall.
  3. Look for a medium black cylinder. This is the compressor. Then locate the starter relay, attached to the side of the compressor.
  4. Remove the starter relay from the compressor.
  5. Carefully shake to starter relay. If you hear rattling noise, the relay is likely damaged and in need of replacing.

Is the refrigerator fan running, but the fridge still seems warm? It’s actually the fridge compressor’s job to maintain a consistent coolness based on internal thermostat readings. The compressor then supplies the cooled air and the fan distributes it within the refrigerator cabin. So, when fans are active, this likely means your refrigerator’s starter relay is not able to trigger the compressor into action.

For some refrigerator models, you can easily access and check if the starter relay is faulty. Our experts can virtually guide you step by step through the process:

  1. Locate the refrigerator’s power supply. Unplug the refrigerator.
  2. Find and access your fridge’s rear panel by pushing it away from the wall.
  3. Look for a medium black cylinder. This is the compressor. Then locate the starter relay, attached to the side of the compressor.
  4. Remove the starter relay from the compressor.
  5. Carefully shake to starter relay. If you hear rattling noise, the relay is likely damaged and in need of replacing.

Option 2: Review the condenser fan.

Check that your condenser fans are active and there are no obstructions to restrict the flow of cool air. If the fans are not working correctly, they can cause the compressor to overwork to regulate temperature and eventually overheat.

Check that your condenser fans are active and there are no obstructions to restrict the flow of cool air. If the fans are not working correctly, they can cause the compressor to overwork to regulate temperature and eventually overheat.

Need an expert diagnosis of your refrigerator?

Some refrigerator fan maintenance repair is manageable at home—with the right parts. If you want faster service, the experts at Bodewell can assist. Call or schedule a virtual appointment with your local technician today.

Some refrigerator fan maintenance repair is manageable at home—with the right parts. If you want faster service, the experts at Bodewell can assist. Call or schedule a virtual appointment with your local technician today.

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