Humming, rattling and grinding sounds are a loud departure from your refrigerator’s normally quiet operation. Why is my Samsung refrigerator making noise? One of the fans may be obstructed, resulting in a scraping or grinding sound. Answer your refrigerator’s cries for help with this guide detailing common sounds and their meanings.

Diagnosing a Samsung Refrigerator Making Noise

While some refrigerator noises are part of normal operation, others may require an adjustment or even professional repair to silence the sound. Learn how to speak your refrigerator’s language to diagnose a Samsung refrigerator making noise.

Humming Sound

A low-level humming or buzzing sound is part of normal refrigerator operation. Water commonly makes this sound as it fills the ice maker. The compressor also makes a low humming sound as it operates. However, a Samsung refrigerator making loud humming noise could indicate a problem. A loud humming or buzzing from the ice maker may mean the water pressure is too high and needs to be turned down. 

If that doesn’t quiet the sound, it’s possible the compressor has malfunctioned. Wondering how to quiet a noisy refrigerator compressor? While you may be able to clean refrigerator condenser coils to restore normal function, a failing compressor requires professional replacement.

Beeping and Chiming Sounds

What if you hear your Samsung refrigerator making noise that sounds like constant beeping and chiming? These sounds can have several common causes.

Make the following assessments if your Samsung refrigerator runs loud with beeping and chiming sounds

  • Make sure your refrigerator is making the noise: Unplug the refrigerator. If the beeping or chiming sounds continue, they’re coming from an appliance other than your fridge.
  • Adjust the temperature: If a blinking display panel accompanies the beeping, the refrigerator’s internal temperature is too high. Refer to your user manual to determine how to lower the temperature on your model refrigerator. Samsung recommends keeping the refrigerator set between 38-40℉ for optimal cooling.
  • Check the doors: Most refrigerators have a door alarm that will sound if the doors remain open. Make sure nothing is blocking the doors from proper closure and always close them firmly after use.
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Rattling Sound

A Samsung refrigerator rattling noise can have several possible causes, most of which have a DIY fix.

The following issues can result in a rattling sound:

  • Refrigerator is too close to the wall: Most refrigerators move slightly during operation. If the refrigerator is too close to a wall or enclosure, it may rattle as it moves. Make sure the refrigerator has at least an inch of space from any wall or enclosure.
  • Compressor is turning off: As the compressor slows down it can occasionally make a rattling sound. The rattling should be relatively quiet and last no more than 10 seconds.
  • Loose drain pan: If the drain pain below the refrigerator loosens, it can rattle as the refrigerator moves. Refer to your user manual to determine how to access the drain pan and tighten it.

Scraping or Grinding Sounds

Is your Samsung refrigerator running loud with scraping or grinding sounds? The ice maker can make grinding noises during normal ice production. However, loud grinding sounds could indicate a blockage in the condenser or evaporator fan blades. These fans help cool the refrigerant and blow cool air into the refrigerator. If your refrigerator is warm and making scraping and grinding sounds, a fan’s blades may be blocked.

Check the evaporator fan by removing the freezer’s rear panel. If there are no visible obstructions and the blades turn freely by hand, check the condenser fan in the back of the refrigerator. If either fan’s blades don’t turn freely or the obstruction can’t be reached, it requires a professional repair.

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Image Courtesy of Samsung

Don’t let a Samsung refrigerator making noise ruin your peace and quiet!  Call the experts at Just-In Time Appliance to perform any Samsung refrigerator repair.

Justin Duby

Justin Duby

Justin Duby, a Grants Pass native, opened Just-in Time Appliance Repair in 2014 after working with his grandparents in the appliance repair business for almost 10 years. Justin attends various training programs throughout the year to keep his skills sharp.

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