So your trusty GE refrigerator has started serenading you with some strange sounds? Well, we’re here to help you figure out what’s going on in this guide. Let’s dig into why your GE refrigerator makes noise and help you get rid of the racket.
Understanding Why Your GE Refrigerator Makes Noise
Is it normal for a brand-new fridge to make noise? It’s perfectly normal for refrigerators to produce some sounds while they’re operating, even newer fridges. After all, they’re working hard to keep your food nice and cool! But certain noises might hint at a problem. Now, don’t panic just yet! We’ve got a bunch of tips to help you diagnose and fix the common issues that might be why your GE refrigerator makes noise.
Buzzing or Humming Sounds
Why is my fridge making a loud humming noise or buzzing noise? That might be due to the compressor or the fans in your fridge. They normally make a light humming sound with basic operation, but this noise could get louder when the fridge is working harder, like on a hot day. It can also get louder if there are any other reasons why the fridge is overworking. If you’re having any fridge cooling issues, this may be related.
To fix this, first, ensure your fridge is not overloaded and that the ventilation isn’t blocked. If the noise persists, you might need to inspect the fans and compressor for any visible damage. Replacing these components might require professional help.
Popping or Cracking Noises
Popping or cracking noises? That’s usually your refrigerator’s materials adjusting to the temperature changes. For instance, as your fridge cools down, the interior walls might contract a bit and produce these sounds.
To avoid this, ensure your refrigerator’s temperature settings are correct and not fluctuating too much. If you suspect something else might be going on, a professional could check for possible refrigerant leaks.
Why does my refrigerator make noise every hour? Refrigerator clicking sounds often come from the start relay, trying to get the compressor going, and this process can happen hourly depending on the fridge. If the relay is malfunctioning, the compressor might keep turning on and off, producing clicking sounds. You also may hear clicking from the ice maker if your water system is having issues. If you’re also not getting ice, your water system may be involved.
If the ice maker is the problem, check to ensure it’s getting water and isn’t having mechanical issues. If it is, you may need to replace the ice maker assembly. If it’s the start relay malfunctioning, you would need to replace that as well but remember: dealing with electrical components can be tricky and risky. Unless you’re very confident in your DIY skills, we recommend hiring a professional.
Gurgling or Squealing Sounds
Is your GE refrigerator making gurgling sounds? Usually, that’s just the sound of the refrigerant or water doing its thing in the drain pan. Nothing to worry about, normally. But if it gets super loud, it could mean something’s up.
- It could be a blocked drain or, worse, a refrigerant leak. So, let’s start easy – check if the water drain is not clogged up with food debris or ice.
- If you hear squealing or squeaking sounds, you may need to check the water supply and the filter for any clogs.
- If the filter is installed incorrectly or is really old, it can make noise. Same if the water valve is damaged or the hoses are kinked or clogged. Check these and replace and repair them as necessary.
Rattling Noise From Fridge
Got a rattling noise coming from a GE fridge? This could mean something’s a bit loose in there. Or, there might be some random debris messing with your condenser fan. That’s the fan at the back of your fridge. Its job is to keep your compressor cool.
Alright, let’s fix this.
- First, try moving your fridge a bit – gently now – to see if anything falls out from behind or underneath it.
- If you’re still hearing your fridge making noise, it might be time to peek at the condenser fan and make sure it’s spinning without any issues. You’ll need a replacement if there’s any damage.
- And finally, we’d also give the drain pan a check, as that can rattle when loose.
But if the gurgling’s still going on, it might be the refrigerant. And we’ll be honest with you, that’s a job for the pros. Handling refrigerant the wrong way can be pretty risky for both you and the environment.
If you’re still scratching your head, wondering why your GE refrigerator makes noise, maybe it’s time to bring in the cavalry.
At Athens Appliance Repair. We’re focused on providing professional refrigerator service. We’ve got the know-how to get your fridge back to its usual, soothing hum instead of the full-on concert it’s currently putting on. So if your kitchen starts to sound like a heavy metal gig, that’s our cue to step in. We’re a phone call away, ready to roll up our sleeves and dive in.