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Frigidaire Refrigerator Makes Loud Noise

When your Frigidaire refrigerator is making a loud noise, it needs to be repaired. The following are some of the different problems that can lead to loud noises and how to fix them.

A Frigidaire refrigerator can make loud noises due to several reasons. A worn out or damaged ice dispenser auger motor can cause rattling or grinding sounds. A malfunctioning defrost heater can result in a sizzling or popping sound. A faulty damper control can cause a banging or flapping noise while adjusting airflow.

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Ice Dispenser Auger Motor

The auger motor in the refrigerator’s ice and water dispenser can get worn out or damaged over time. If it is not operating properly, you may hear some rattling noises or a grinding sound.

This is a problem that needs to be addressed because it is more than just the loud noise you are hearing. Additional damage may take place to the auger motor, introducing metal shavings and other debris into the ice and water dispenser from the refrigerator.

You can typically tell if it is the auger motor by listening closely. The sound will only occur when the motor is operating.

The auger motor should be replaced if you are having this problem or if any damage is noticed. It will stop the noise and fix the problem.

Defrost Heater

There is a small heater in your Frigidaire refrigerator’s freezer compartment. This unit defrosts the freezer on a periodic basis to keep ice from building up.

You may hear sounds occurring when the freezer enters a defrost cycle. If it is due to the defrost heater, it is typically a sizzling sound or a loud pop.

This problem can get worse, as the electronic device could be a fire hazard. As soon as you notice the problem and pinpoint the fact that it is the defrost heater, it should be replaced.

Replacing the defrost heater does more than stop the sizzling or popping sounds you hear. It also helps to maintain the defrost cycle and keep your freezer frost free.

Damper Control

If the damper control is not operating properly in your Frigidaire refrigerator, you may hear a bang or flapping noise as it is adjusting airflow.

If you hear this, check the damper control for any damage. If it is not working properly, replacing the damper control will stop the noise and regulate the temperature in the refrigerator better.

Common Reasons Why a Frigidaire Refrigerator Makes Noise

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We count on our refrigerators to run without any problems. What can you do if your refrigerator is making a loud noise?

A loud buzzing or clicking sound can be the result of a failing compressor. Remove the compressor from the refrigerator and test it using a multimeter. The compressor can sometimes be fixed but in most cases, it must be replaced.

Here are five common reasons why your refrigerator may be making a loud noise and how to fix them.

Dirty Condenser Coils

When condenser coils become clogged with dust and debris, it makes the compressor work harder. Since the compressor is working harder, it will make noise.

Solution: Clean the coils with a vacuum cleaner or soft brush. Make this a regular part of your household cleaning to ensure that problems are kept to a minimum.

Faulty Condenser/Evaporator Fan Motor

Both the evaporator and the condenser fans could wear out over time. In either case, the typical sign of such a faulty fan motor is a loud noise. Some of these noises can include clicking, humming, grinding, rattling, and buzzing.

Solution: Both the evaporator and condenser fan motors can be replaced. Prior to replacing them, you can remove them from the refrigerator and test them with a multimeter.

If the motors don’t check for continuity, they are faulty and must be replaced.


An icemaker can generate noise due to it being jammed and frozen. As the auger tries to turn, it can create a loud clicking or banging sound.

Solution: Remove the icemaker components from the refrigerator and visually inspect them. In many cases, you will see the buildup of ice when you first start this process. Faulty or damaged parts should be replaced.

Loose Parts

There are many moving parts in a refrigerator and some that don’t move. If they are not attached properly and are loose or worn, they could begin making a vibrating and rattling sound.

Some common parts that experience this type of rattling include the ice maker, tubing, and loose pipes.

Solution: Carefully inspect the interior of the refrigerator for any loose or rattling parts. You can do so visually, by feeling for loose parts, or by trying to pinpoint the sound they are making.

After you fasten the loose parts in place, the smooth and quiet operation of the refrigerator should return.

Out Of Level

The refrigerator should be level and if it isn’t, it could produce a buzzing or rattling noise. This is due to vibrations that can occur when the unit is not leveled properly.

Solution: The solution to an unlevel refrigerator is straightforward. Most refrigerators are designed with leveling feet that can be adjusted to bring the refrigerator to the proper level.

Let us now consider some of the brand-specific reasons why refrigerators could be making loud noises.

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ReadyToDIY is the owner of this article. This post was published on October 11, 2023.

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