These days, a quiet refrigerator is a functioning refrigerator, making any noise seem alarming. But not every sound signifies a malfunction. Why is my Samsung refrigerator making noise? While repeated beeping could be a refrigerator alarm, also check your other appliances to determine if they’re the source of the sound. Use these troubleshooting tips to determine if an intervention is needed when your Samsung refrigerator makes noise.
Deciphering the Sound When Your Samsung Refrigerator Makes Noise
If your Samsung refrigerator makes noise that sounds unusual, how can you tell if it indicates a problem? The following guide breaks down common refrigerator noises that signify either a cry for help or business as usual.
Refrigerator Is Beeping
When your Samsung refrigerator makes noise that sounds like repeated beeping, first make sure it’s coming from your fridge, and not another appliance. If you’ve ruled out other sources, your Samsung refrigerator may be beeping to make you aware of a potential problem.
These issues can result in repeated beeping sounds:
- Temperature is too high: Beeping accompanied by a blinking display panel may indicate that the refrigerator’s temperature is too high. Samsung recommends a temperature of 38℉ for proper cooling. Adjust the temperature setting as needed and make sure there’s adequate space between items and around refrigerator vents for cool air to flow.
- Refrigerator door is open: If the door alarm is activated, it will beep if the door is left open for too long. Make sure the refrigerator doors are completely closed.
- Doors aren’t properly attached: If your refrigerator doors were recently installed or realigned, they may not be correctly connected, triggering the door alarm. Make sure the doors’ wire harness is correctly connected after installation or alignment.
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Buzzing or Humming
What does it mean if my refrigerator is making a buzzing noise? Low-level buzzing or humming sounds are indicative of normal compressor operation. A low buzzing or humming may also be heard as the ice maker fills with water.
However, if buzzing sounds seem louder than usual, you may need to lower your home’s water pressure. A pressure that’s too high can result in a louder humming as the ice maker fills. If the buzzing or humming becomes loud enough that it can be heard in another room, it could also be indicative of a compressor problem. While most refrigerator maintenance tips recommend regular condenser coil cleanings to prevent these issues, compressor malfunctions should be assessed by a professional service.
You may find your Samsung refrigerator makes noise that sounds like banging as ice falls from the ice maker into the ice bucket. You may also hear a bang if an item topples over on a refrigerator shelf. Once the full batch of ice falls into the bucket, the banging sounds should cease. If you hear one loud bang, check your refrigerator shelves for fallen items and clean up any resulting spills to prevent odor.
Popping or Crackling
Popping or crackling sounds may seem unusual but a Samsung refrigerator popping noise is considered normal. The various plastic components in the refrigerator often expand and contract with slight temperature fluctuations, specifically during the defrost cycle. As long as this sound stays at a relatively low volume, it’s considered part of normal operation.
Another unusual noise, like a Samsung refrigerator making noise like an owl, can result if the ice maker is jammed. This loud squealing sound can be stopped by removing any ice buildup around the ice maker chute. However, if the buildup extends to the ice maker or evaporator fan, you may have to unplug the refrigerator to defrost the accumulated ice.
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Refrigerator Is Rattling
A low rattling sound often occurs as the compressor slows to a stop. This quiet sound should cease after about 10 seconds. However, if your Samsung refrigerator runs loud with continued rattling noises, the refrigerator may be rubbing against something behind it. Move the refrigerator one inch away from any wall or surface to stop the sound.
Another cause of refrigerator rattling or vibrating sounds is one or more loose components. The most common piece to shake loose and rattle is the drip pan. This pan is found underneath your refrigerator and catches dripping water from condensation. If the drip pan is rattling, you may need to tighten the screws that hold it in place.
If your Samsung refrigerator is loud even after these troubleshooting tips, a refrigerator repair service can pinpoint the source of the sound. Call Moore Appliance Service to quiet your noisy fridge with a fast repair!