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Refrigerator is Humming/Noisy

Refrigerator is Humming/Noisy

Very often, refrigerators can start to make strange or unpleasant noises. Commonly, as parts accumulate wear and tear over time, refrigerators can start to “hum,” or exhibit persistent noise that’s louder than usual. There are a couple of parts that can start to become noisy over time. 


Condenser Motor

Condenser Motor

Refrigerators operate using condenser coils that cool and condenser the refrigerant, allowing the refrigerator to reach and maintain the desired temperature. Condensers have fans that remove heat from the condenser coils, allowing them to operate as intended. If the refrigerator is making loud humming noises, it could be the condenser motor affecting the fan. 


How to Troubleshoot a Condenser Motor: 


  1. Disconnect the refrigerator from its power source.
  2. Find the condenser fan in the rear access panel behind the refrigerator.
  3. Check out the condenser fan motor for visual signs of wear and tear or damage. 
  4. Make sure to check for anything that might be obstructing the fan.
  5. If the fan is not spinning, or there is visual damage to the condenser motor, the condenser motor must be replaced.

Don’t forget: just because parts look the same does not mean that they are the same. Make sure to use cross reference information and model numbers to confirm compatibility with your refrigerator.

 

Find the right condenser motor for your refrigerator here!


Evaporator Motor

Evaporator Motor


When the evaporator motor is operating as intended, it supplies the cold air circulation to the refrigerator and freezer. It talks to the cold control about when to activate and circulate cold air through the appliance. If it is not working correctly, it could cause the evaporator fan to make a loud noise. If your refrigerator is warmer than usual and it is, and it is emitting a loud noise, make sure to check out your evaporator motor to see if there is an issue.


How to Troubleshoot an Evaporator Motor: 


  1. Disconnect the refrigerator from its power source.
  2. Find the evaporator fan inside the freezer compartment.
  3. Check out the evaporator motor for visible signs of wear and tear or damage. 
  4. The evaporator motor might be frozen over - make sure to defrost the freezer and check out the evaporator motor again.
  5. If the evaporator motor fan is not able to turn easily when you push it, or if there is visible damage to the evaporator motor, it must be replaced.

Don’t forget: just because parts look the same does not mean that they are the same. Make sure to use cross reference information and model numbers to confirm compatibility with your refrigerator.

Find the right evaporator motor for your refrigerator here!

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