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5 Causes of a Noisy Samsung Refrigerator

When your quiet refrigerator starts beeping, buzzing, or banging it may seem like it’s headed for a breakdown. But strange noises don’t necessarily signify disaster. What causes a noisy Samsung refrigerator? Beeping sounds could be the door alarm signaling that the door isn’t completely closed. Use these troubleshooting tips to silence the sound when your Samsung refrigerator runs loud.

Beep, Buzz, Bang: Deciphering a Noisy
Samsung Refrigerator

The volume or consistency of a sound can be important clues in determining if a noisy Samsung refrigerator is in trouble. We’ll list the 5 most common refrigerator noises and how to decipher their meaning.

1. Refrigerator Beeps

Does your noisy Samsung refrigerator keep beeping? First, make sure the sound is coming from your fridge. If the beeping continues after you turn the refrigerator off, it’s likely coming from a different kitchen appliance.

Once you’ve determined that your refrigerator is beeping, here’s how to stop the sound:

  • Check the temperature: If the beeping is accompanied by a blinking temperature display, the refrigerator may be too warm. Samsung recommends a temperature of 38℉ for the refrigerator and -2℉ for the freezer. If the temperature is set correctly and you still have refrigerator cooling issues, make sure its vents are free of obstructions. Also, confirm that the refrigerator has at least 2 inches of clearance on all sides for adequate heat circulation.
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  • Make sure the doors are closed:  A Samsung refrigerator beeps to alert you if the doors are open for too long. Check the doors to make sure they’re closed completely and that nothing is blocking their closure.
  • Assess the door’s wiring: If the beeping sounds begin after the doors were removed and reattached, their wire harness may not be properly connected. Refer to your user manual to determine how to perform this adjustment on your model refrigerator.

2. Popping and Crackling

A Samsung refrigerator popping noise is most common in new units. It typically occurs as the plastic parts of the refrigerator expand and contract during temperature fluctuations, usually during the defrost cycle. These popping and crackling sounds should be relatively quiet and disappear as the refrigerator adjusts to your home’s humidity and temperature. 

3. Buzzing or Humming

While most buzzing or humming sounds are part of normal operation, others may require ice maker troubleshooting or signify a larger problem. Often, the volume of your noisy Samsung refrigerator can signify whether an intervention is necessary.

These situations can result in buzzing or humming sounds:

  • Water line isn’t connected: The ice maker will make a loud buzzing sound if it tries to make ice without a connected water line. Turn the ice maker off to stop the sound.
  • Water filling the ice maker: If the water line is connected, a low-level buzzing or humming is common as water fills the ice maker. When the sound seems louder, the water pressure may be too high. If you can adjust your home’s water pressure, try turning it down to reduce the noise. 
  • Compressor issues: The refrigerator’s compressor normally makes a quiet buzzing or humming noise while operating. What if my refrigerator is making a buzzing noise that’s very loud? A loud compressor could have a problem that can halt refrigerator function and should be assessed by a professional service.
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4. Banging Noises

Though it may be startling, if your Samsung refrigerator makes noise that sounds like banging, it could be perfectly normal. Ice falling in the ice bucket can make a banging sound and should subside once the cycle is complete. A bang can also occur if an item on a refrigerator shelf falls over. Check the shelves for fallen items and wipe up any spills that can cause staining and odor.

5. Refrigerator is Rattling

Rattling sounds are common to refrigerators and require some troubleshooting to determine if they indicate a problem. If the refrigerator is too close to the wall any vibrations can result in a rattling noise. You may also notice your Samsung refrigerator making noise like an owl if the circulation fans are close to the wall. Make sure the refrigerator has at least 1-2 inches of clearance on all sides to reduce any rattling or whistling sounds.

The compressor can also make rattling noises as part of normal operation, specifically as it starts or stops. If these noises don’t cease after several seconds or suddenly become louder, the compressor may be faulty and requires a professional assessment.

The technicians at Apex Appliance Service can silence a noisy fridge with an expert refrigerator repair. Schedule your expert service today!