Frigidaire Refrigerator Making Noise

While we don’t expect our refrigerators to be completely quiet, it can be unsettling when they start making unexpected noises.

Before panicking, you must know that there may be a common noise that emanates from your fridges.

However, if you have had a Frigidaire for a while and have recently noticed an unusual sound, it may be time for a check. 

In this guide, we will tell you about some of the common noises that your fridge may make and when it is time to fix unusual loud buzzing noises.

We will also guide you on the details of the different noises that you may hear from a Frigidaire refrigerator – and how to fix them. 

Common Noises From A Frigidaire Refrigerator

Can you hear a knocking noise coming out of your refrigerator? In most cases, this knocking noise originates from the fan blade that spins on and off from time to time.

It is common for a condenser fan or evaporator fan to make a certain level of sound when it turns on and off or runs. 

However, if the noise is unusually loud, you may have a defective condenser fan motor. Alternatively, it could be a noisy refrigerator compressor creating the loud noises.

Also, if your refrigerator has been running smoothly, but you suddenly hear a knocking or clicking noise from it, there could be an issue with a loose drain pan or with other components. 

Again, remember that every refrigerator model makes some sort of low humming sound during normal operation.

However, if the noise is getting louder suddenly, there may be something that requires fixing. It is important to check it at the earliest or contact the Frigidaire customer service if the noise continues. 

Another important thing to keep in mind is to regularly clean and service the fridge, especially the condenser fan and evaporator fan. 

Other Reasons For A Frigidaire Refrigerator Making Noise

If you have had a refrigerator for a while, you may be accustomed to the noises it makes. A quiet humming typically emanates from a Frigidaire refrigerator when the evaporator fan blows air, or the fan blade starts or stops. 

However, there may be an issue with the other components if your Frigidaire refrigerator makes a lot of noise all of a sudden. Here are some of the other reasons for a refrigerator making unusual sounds. 

1. The Appliance Is Not Leveled 

Often, the loud noise coming from your Frigidaire refrigerator is not due to any technical issue or a problem with any other components. It may be because the refrigerator is not level on the floor. 

Most refrigerators have adjustable feet, which can be turned upwards or downwards using pliers or other tools. Typically, your fridge has a low vibration when it starts or stops during its normal operation; however, if it is not level on the floor, the entire unit may rock slightly, causing the loud noise. 

Stand in front or beside the refrigerator and hold it with both your hands. Now, gently shake it back and forth to determine if it is level or not. If you feel any kind of unusual movement, try leveling the feet and check again for the sounds.

2. There Isn’t Enough Space Around The Fridge 

Similar to the previous problem, if your refrigerator is placed too close to a wall or any other surface, its back panel may get obstructed, as the fridge cycle turns on or off. A quick way to check if this is the issue or not is to check for marks on the wall or around the fridge. 

Try and create some more space between the fridge and other surfaces around it, and check for the noise again. If there is no technical issue with the appliance, these two quick fixes should solve the problem. 

What To Do If Your Fridge Is Making A Buzzing Noise?

When the ice maker in the freezer section of your Frigidaire fills with water, you will hear a low buzzing sound. This sound is entirely normal and nothing to worry about. 

However, if this buzzing noise can be heard from the freezer every 10 to 15 minutes, it can be a sign of worry. The ice maker may be facing some difficulties in filling up the water, which is something you need to check.

To do this, take a look at the area under the sink where the water supply valve is placed. This valve allows water from the housing supply to flow into the water inlet valve. Ensure that the supply valve is open and turned on fully, then check the water inlet valve. 

In case you notice anything odd, such as leaks or dirt accumulation, you need to replace the valve. Cleaning this area will generally not solve the issue.

If not, the next step is to check the rear panel line that facilitates water flow into the ice maker. It may happen that the water line is kinked, so loosen it and watch if the water line is straight and water is flowing freely. In case there is a leak in the water line, you need to replace it immediately. 

What To Do If Your Fridge Is Making A Clicking Noise?

It is entirely normal for your Frigidaire to make a clicking noise, as its defrost timer switches off and on. This alerts you that the defrost cycle has begun or ended. However, there may be other reasons for strange clicking sounds when the defrost timer turns on or off. So, check for:

1. The Condenser Coils And Condenser Fan 

Dirty condenser coils and condenser fans can cause choking, which can overload the compressor and force it to shut down. This may be the origin of the clicking sound. 

Unplug the refrigerator from its power source and clean the coils and fan blade carefully using the right tools. Ensure that you do this at least once a year or more if required. 

Once you have cleaned these areas, turn the power back on and check for the noise. If it stops, then you know that the issue was dirty coils and fan blades.

2. Power Overload

A noisy refrigerator compressor could be due to overheating and a subsequent power overload. When this happens, the condenser automatically turns off, accompanied by a clicking sound. Once the excess heat escapes, the compressor turns on again, and there is another clicking sound.

Typically, an overload device will protect the compressor from overloading and shutting down. However, if the device is not working correctly, the compressor may turn on and off, causing the clicking noise. 

At this stage, you need to use a multimeter to check the device for continuity. If you find an issue with the continuity, replace the device immediately. 

3. Start Relay

While checking the compressor, also check for any start relay. If the relay is bad, then the compressor will try to turn on and off multiple times and fail, causing a clicking noise every few seconds. 

Again, test the compressor for infinite resistance between its 2 terminals. If you notice no resistance, it’s time to replace it.

What To Do If Your Fridge Is Suddenly Making A Loud Noise?

If you suddenly hear loud noises from your refrigerator, check these parts immediately. 

1. Evaporator Fan Motor 

If you hear a squealing or chirping noise from the freezer area, there is a chance of a defective evaporator fan motor. To check this, open the freezer door and listen for the sound. If it gets louder, you need to fix the fan motor. 

Do this by emptying the contents of the freezer and removing the back panel. Check if the fan blades are stiff or damaged and replace them accordingly. 

2. Water Inlet Valve 

If the loud noises are not coming from the ice maker or the compressor, you need to check the water inlet valve. Using a multimeter, check the valve for resistance and then, if required, replace it. 

3. Condenser Fan Motor 

Look for the condenser fan motor behind the refrigerator and disconnect it. Clean it thoroughly and remove any debris and dirt you see. You can also oil its shaft and tighten any loose screws. But if the condenser fan motors are still stiff, they may need to be replaced. 

4. Compressor

A loose compressor can be the cause of a loud sound coming from your refrigerator. Check the springs and tighten them if they are loose. However, if they are very dirty or damaged, it is best to replace them entirely. 

What To Do If Your Fridge Is Making A Beeping Sound?

Usually, a beeping sound from your Frigidaire refrigerator indicates an issue with the ice maker or its temperature control. The door of the appliance should always be shut completely; otherwise, you may hear a beeping sound. Moreover, it is essential to pack the contents of the refrigerator correctly and not overstock it, as it ensures proper air circulation.

If the door is not fully shut or you open the freezer door and notice warm air coming out, then it may indicate an issue with the temperature controls or the door. Once the door is properly shut, the cooling system should work optimally, and the beeping sound should automatically stop. 

What To Do If Your Fridge Is Making A Rattling Noise?

1. Take A Look At The Drain Pan 

Look for the drain pan on your Frigidaire refrigerator and tighten the screws that hold its bracket together. Ensure that you fix the plate firmly back in its place and check again for the rattling noise. 

Keep in mind that a loose drain pan is not a huge issue and is very common due to the constant vibration of the fridge during its normal operation. Fortunately, its fix is also very simple. 

What To Do If Your Fridge Is Making A Popping Noise?

Again, there are some sounds that are completely normal from refrigerators. There is a small door located on the damper assembly that automatically closes and opens. This door allows cold air from the freezer to go into the refrigerator. When the door opens and closes, there is a normal popping sound. 

You may hear the same sound when the evaporator coils in the freezer cool after each defrost cycle. Again, this is normal and nothing to worry about. 

The popping sound may also come from water or melting ice dripping slowly on the heater and usually happens normally after each defrost cycle. However, if there is an unusual sound that you haven’t heard before, we recommend calling a professional to get it checked out. 

What To Do When The Freezer Makes A Sound When It Is Closed?

First and foremost, locate the evaporator fan motor at the rear panel of the refrigerator (or the evaporator fan cover). The motor circulates air throughout the fridge, but if it’s damaged or becomes defective for any reason, you will hear a sound once you close the door. Incidentally, the noise stops when you open the door.

Test this a couple of times, and if the noise continues to occur when the door of the freezer is closed, you need to replace the fan. 

Final Words


In most cases, the condenser fan motor or evaporator fan makes some sort of low sound when they are running. No refrigerator is completely quiet, so don’t worry if you hear any sort of low sounds. 

However, when there is an issue with the appliance or any of its parts, you will hear unusual sounds like the ones we mentioned above. In these cases, you can try and fix the issue yourself using the simple steps we discussed. 

But if the issue persists, we recommend contacting a professional to look into it. It is best to call an expert technician from Frigidaire to help you with the issue, as he will be well versed with the appliance. 

A lot of people don’t realize that the compressor motor needs replacing every once in a while. Besides, you need to clean the condenser fan and evaporator fan, as these parts get dirty quite often. 

We hope this helps you fix the noise issue with your Frigidaire! 

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