Humming, clicking, buzzing, or other noises coming from your freezer are often part of its normal operation. For example:
- A low humming or buzzing noise can be heard when the compressor is running.
- A clicking sound can be heard when the defrost timer switches on and off.
- Gurgling noises can occur when refrigerant flows through the tubes after a cooling cycle.
- Popping or cracking sounds can arise when the inside walls of the freezer contract and expand as the temperature fluctuates.
However, if you’ve started to notice new or excessively loud noises coming from your freezer, it may be a sign that maintenance or repairs are in order. Let’s explore the common causes of a noisy freezer—and how to resolve the issue.
COMMON CAUSES OF UNUSUAL FREEZER SOUNDS
1. APPLIANCE NOT LEVEL
If your freezer or refrigerator unit is constantly vibrating, it may not be level with the ground. Your appliance’s leveling feet or screws may have simply come loose over time. Inspect the bottom of the appliance and adjust the feet or tighten the screws as needed.
2. DIRTY CONDENSER COILS
Condenser coils that are clogged with dust and dirt can block proper airflow. This means your freezer has to work harder to cool the appliance, potentially increasing the frequency or volume of noises as a result. To help ensure your appliance is performing efficiently, clean the condenser coils every few months using a refrigerator coil brush or a vacuum hose with a soft brush head.
3. FAULTY EVAPORATOR FAN
Your freezer’s evaporator fan helps keep your appliance cool by circulating air and ventilating the evaporator coils. If the evaporator fan is damaged or worn-out, however, unusually loud clicking, buzzing, or humming sounds may arise. In addition, you might notice that your freezer is warmer than usual. A faulty evaporator fan will need to be repaired or replaced.
STOP THE NOISE SOONER: GET EXPERT HELP
Can’t pinpoint the source of those unusual freezer noises? Need help repairing or replacing a malfunctioning part? Enlist the GE Appliances experts. Our local, factory-trained technicians know GE Appliances inside and out. We service all brands, including GE, Café, Profile, Monogram, Hotpoint, Haier, and Adora. Repairs are often completed on the first visit!* Book an appointment with us online now.