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NORMAL FRIDGE NOISES:fridgenoise.sdcpm.com

  • Noise levels are measured in decibels or dBA. For a fridge freezer, a reasonable level of noise is anything under 40 decibels, while anything nearer to 50 decibels would be quite noisy.

  • A Chirping/barking/woof/howl sound can sometimes be heard as the damper door opens/closes.

  • A change in fan speed as the refrigerator responds to changes in temperature due to door opening.

  • A clicking/tic tock noise can be heard when the defrost timer switches on and off.

  • A click can be heard when the temperature control unit turns the unit on and off.

  • A boiling, gurgling, or knocking sound can be heard when the unit is running. This is caused by the circulation of refrigerant.

  • Gurgling sound in the door. This sound can be heard just after the door is closed because of the water in drain tube trap area. It can last several seconds.

  • A drip may be heard when defrost water is dripping into the pan beneath the refrigerator.

  • The icemaker will make a loud noise when cubes are dropped into the bucket.

  • A hum or click can be heard when the icemaker fills with water. This sound may be heard once or multiple times.

  • A cracking or popping sound can be heard when evaporator coils on Top-Mount No Frost models are cooling after defrosting.

  • Buzzing noises can be heard after getting water from the door dispenser. The noise should not last longer than 7 seconds.

  • A snapping sound will be heard about 4 seconds after removing a glass from a dispenser. This is the sound of the dispenser chute closing.

  • A clicking noise may be heard after a power shortage. This stems from the compressor trying to re-start itself. The noise could last for 3 to 5 minutes.

  • A hissing, sizzling, buzzing, or arching noise may be heard on self-defrost models. This is produced when water drips on defrost heaters.


Noise levels are measured in decibels or dBA. For a fridge freezer, a reasonable level of noise is anything under 40 decibels, while anything nearer to 50 decibels would be quite noisy.