Samsung Ice Maker Noise (How To Fix)

Are you hearing noises coming from your Samsung refrigerator and are worried that it might be broken?

Most refrigerators have an adjustable thermostat that controls the internal temperature. If you hear a strange sound while opening the Samsung refrigerator, it could be a warning sign that the internal temperature is incorrect. 

But a slight vibration or a rattling sound may not be problematic, even though it is best to check the machine if you hear a clicking or a humming sound. And there could be other problems as well that we will discuss in this guide, so let’s get started.

Samsung Ice Maker Noise [How To Fix]

1. Temperature Fluctuations 

When the temperature of a Samsung refrigerator keeps fluctuating, the plastic parts may not be able to handle it well, and they crack and pop while expanding and contracting. The defrosting process usually leads to the knocking noise and is common among new Samsung refrigerators. 

That happens because they take time to adjust to the humidity and temperature levels inside the house. If you have a new refrigerator, wait for some time for the popping noise to stop. 

A large Samsung refrigerator makes more sounds when it’s new, and it is alright if it lasts for a short time. However, if it is continuous and doesn’t stop, you have to check the aluminum mat.

2. Aluminum Mat 

We will now discuss the aluminum mat and any popping sound caused by it. This aluminum mat is placed behind the cooling and heating element of the Samsung refrigerator, and when the temperature changes, the aluminum expands or contracts. If the noise is moderate, there is no problem but when it is excessive, it is best to contact a professional technician.

3. Ice Maker Fan 

The ice maker compartment is found within the Samsung refrigerator, but we recommend that you look at it as a separate device. You should know that the ice maker contains a thermostat, coils, and electrical connectors along with other parts. 

If you have previously looked into the cooling system of a refrigerator, you know there are parts that look similar and are challenging to distinguish. However, we are only going to consider the ice maker fan here, so you will be able to spot it without any difficulty. 

Look behind the unit for it and remove the ice bucket to find the ice maker fan that is responsible for cold air circulating through the machine. Now, if there is ice buildup or excess frost, the fan blades may not be able to move freely due to the obstruction. 

The ice buildup and frost can hit the fan and produce a knocking sound as it tries to spin. If you do not take care of this, the fan blades may keep hitting all the ice, and the knocking sound will get louder. 

How To Fix It? 

These issues can be fixed at home and you will need to melt the frost and ice around the fan. But you might find it difficult to direct warm air toward the ice maker fan in order to do the job. 

If you have looked up Youtube videos and how-to guides, you are probably thinking about using a hair dryer or a heat gun. However, that will mean applying direct heat to the Samsung refrigerator fan, which could damage it. 

It is better to take the more secure route and opt for manual defrost until all the ice has melted and has been removed. You can do this by unplugging the unit and leaving the doors open for a while. This might take some time, but it is the safest way to remove excess ice from a Samsung ice maker. You can then check to see if the knocking noise has stopped.

4. Ice Maker 

A Samsung refrigerator’s ice maker is built inside the unit, and some models might produce more ice cubes than others. The ice maker assembly can easily be removed if it fails to make the proper amount of ice, so you can get a replacement ice maker and install it.

One of the most common indicators of a malfunctioning ice maker is a knocking noise that comes from the internal components. Check if the ice maker is producing the right amount of ice, as the noise may be caused because of less water in the reservoir. 

You can get a compatible ice maker and replace the faulty component but only after going through the instructions in the user manual. Note the part number and get the same one from the brand for the fridge to function smoothly. 

If this method does not work, you can remove the ice maker to see the amount of ice it is producing. If there is a lot of frost and ice buildup, you will have to thaw it out before reinstalling it again. 

5. Water Pipes 

A lot of Samsung refrigerators come with water dispensers and ice makers that require a direct water supply. Water enters from pipes that can be found behind the refrigerator. These pipes supply water once the Samsung refrigerator is plugged in, and you will not have to refill the water dispenser or ice maker manually. 

These direct water lines may be the reason behind the noise coming from the Samsung refrigerator. Because the pipes may be damaged and leaking, which can lead to water pressure fluctuations. 

When this happens, you will hear a clicking noise behind the Samsung fridge. This has to be fixed as otherwise the strange noises will continue while the water pipe will be damaged beyond repair. 

You can try tightening the water pipe and see if that solves the problem but do not overtighten the joints to prevent further issues. 

6. Power Outage 

If there is a power outage, you may hear a loud noise or a popping sound coming from the Samsung refrigerator. In case the sound ceases after a while, there is nothing to worry about, as the fridge shuts down automatically following a power cut. 

Your fridge might also make noise when the compressor is trying to restart once the power is back. However, if there is a sudden surge of power, the power source or the wall outlet might be affected and the compressor may burn a fuse. That can cause a popping noise, and you should immediately get proper technical assistance. 

The compressor has to be repaired or replaced, in such a scenario before you can use the fridge again. 

7. Malfunctioning Water Connection 

Samsung refrigerators have this unique feature of dispensing ice or water from the front of the unit. However, your house should be equipped to accommodate these high-tech systems.

Let us explain – there are water lines connected to the refrigerator and ice maker to ensure consistent water supply. The dispenser is refilled immediately, and there is no need to do it manually.

If there are any tapping sounds coming from the Samsung refrigerator, or you see water stains behind the device, the water connections could be loose. This can result in water filling slowly which impacts the normal functioning of the unit. You can call a plumber who specializes in repairing electrical appliances to take a look.

The tapping sounds can even be due to ice cubes falling inside the freezer. Or there can be inadequate water supply which prevents the ice tray from filling while too much water can lead to leakage.

To solve this, you can tighten the nuts and secure the connection with pliers or a wrench if they are too loose. This problem should be fixed soon; otherwise, your kitchen floor will be messy and soaked with water.

Tips To Remember

If you have a door alarm, remember to keep it on at all times as it will alert you if the refrigerator door is left open for a long time. Also, ensure the Samsung ice maker is making enough ice because when the ice bin is empty or you notice only frost buildup, it is essential to rectify such issues.

Moreover, the power source should be able to supply the necessary voltage required by the refrigerator, or it may malfunction and prevent ice formation. We will even recommend cleaning the fridge once in a while for the unit to cool well, and the ice to melt.

Final Words

If you have recently bought a Samsung refrigerator, keep it in a cool place away from kitchen fumes. This will also reduce the amount of noise you hear since it reduces dust accumulation. 

Moreover, try keeping the front door closed at all times to ensure that cool air remains inside the fridge. Even if you leave the door open slightly, ice melts and the temperature fluctuates a great deal. 

But, most importantly,  if you have never fixed a refrigerator before, contact customer care and get a professional to fix it.

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