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Refrigerator is Noisy or Loud

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Refrigerator is noisy or loud are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Refrigerator is noisy or loud

Cause 1Fan Blade

If the refrigerator is noisy or loud, especially when the door is opened, either the evaporator or condenser fan blade may be at fault. First, turn the evaporator fan blade by hand. If the fan blade does not turn freely, check to see if the blade is rubbing against something or if something is caught in the blade. Additionally, check the condenser fan blade to determine if it has any obstructions.

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Fan Blade for your Refrigerator
Fan Blade - Part # 1170123 Mfg Part # WR60X10207

Condenser fan blade

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Cause 2Fan Blade

If the refrigerator is noisy or loud, especially when the door is opened, either the evaporator or condenser fan blade may be at fault. First, turn the evaporator fan blade by hand. If the fan blade does not turn freely, check to see if the blade is rubbing against something or if something is caught in the blade. Additionally, check the condenser fan blade to determine if it has any obstructions.

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Fan Blade for your Refrigerator
Fan Blade - Part # 1170124 Mfg Part # WR60X10208

Evaporator fan blade

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Cause 3Evaporator Fan Motor

When the evaporator fan motor fails, it often generates a lot of noise. This noise will be much louder when the refrigerator door is opened. If the evaporator fan is noisy, replace it.

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Evaporator Fan Motor for your Refrigerator
Evaporator Fan Motor - Part # 1170107 Mfg Part # WR60X10185

Refrigerator evaporator fan motor. If your motor has a white thermistor in the connector you need the related fan motor 914169. If it has a connector for a light you will need 1169928.

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Cause 4Compressor

If the noise is coming from the compressor, the compressor might be wearing out. As the compressor wears out over time, it generates more noise than usual. Compressors often last for years after they become noisy. However, if your compressor is noisy, be aware that it is likely to fail. Your compressor must be replaced by a licensed technician.

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Compressor for your Refrigerator
Compressor - Part # 3033861 Mfg Part # WR87X20798

Refrigerator compressor kit. This part must be installed by a licensed repair technician.

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Cause 5Water Inlet Valve

If the refrigerator is noisy or loud, particularly when the ice maker is filling, the water inlet valve might be at fault. The water inlet valve is an electrically-controlled valve that opens to supply water to the refrigerator dispenser and icemaker. Over time, mineral deposits can accumulate inside the valve and restrict the water flow. If the water inlet valve is noisy or loud, replace it. Do not attempt to repair the water inlet valve—disassembling the valve can cause the valve to fail.

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Water Inlet Valve for your Refrigerator
Water Inlet Valve - Part # 880070 Mfg Part # WR57X10032

Refrigerator water inlet valve assembly with quick connect fitting . To disconnect the tube, push the white retainer fitting in while pulling on the tube. If the cold water is not coming out of the water dispenser, or if the ice maker won't dispense ice, the water inlet valve may be at fault.

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