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You may or may not have noticed certain noises coming from your refrigerator. Believe it or not, some of the noises that sound suspicious are not a cause for concern – even clicking, snapping or humming.

How can you tell the difference between normal noises and those that indicate your refrigerator may be in need of repair? Follow our handy guide to figure out if you should call a service technician.

Do Not Worry About These Noises

Though they might strike you as alarming, there are several noises you may hear your fridge emitting that are a normal part of its operation.

Clicking Or Ticking

This sound can occur when your defrost timer turns on and off. If you hear a clicking noise, it may also be due to the temperature control going through the routine process of powering on and off. A third cause is the compressor attempting to re-start itself following a power outage.


A gurgling noise you hear after closing the door is typically due to the presence of water in the drain tube trap area. As long as it does not last longer than a few seconds, you do not have to fret about it.

Humming Or Crashing

Humming is the sound of the ice maker filling with water to produce ice, while the crashing noise is the sound of ice cubes getting dumped from the tray to the bucket below.

Barking Or Chirping

Anything resembling either one of these noises can be heard as the damper door opens or closes. This may also sound like squeaking if it happens on a new refrigerator.


Self-defrosting refrigerators can make this sound when dripping water hits the defrost heater.


There are two reasons your refrigerator may make a buzzing sound. It will occur while you get water from the dispenser on the door and for up to 7 seconds after. Alternatively, buzzing can be caused by the ice maker filling with water. You may have a minor issue on your hands if you hear this buzzing every 15 minutes, but there is an easy fix. Simply make sure the water connected to the ice maker is turned on.


You will hear a snapping noise caused by the dispenser chute closing roughly four seconds after removing a glass from the water dispenser.


While a banging sound may seem ominous, sometimes it is due to a perfectly harmless cause. High water pressure traveling from the house to the refrigerator can cause something caused “water hammer” wherein the banging noises happen in the waterline.


When Refrigerator Noises Signify Trouble, Call The Experts

If you are uncertain about whether or not a noise from your refrigerator indicates a problem, or if you determine that it does, the service technician at Area Appliance Service can help. They possess decades of industry experience working on major refrigerator brands including Amana, Kenmore, Maytag, GE and Whirlpool – allowing them to differentiate between normal and harmful noises.

In addition to our top-notch expert training and experience, we also take pride in delivering excellent customer service. We keep your best interests top-of-mind and only recommend work on your refrigerator that is absolutely necessary. We are always transparent and upfront about costs, as well.

It is our considerate and courteous approach, along with our expertise, that have allowed your neighbors in Buffalo Grove, Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Deerfield, Mundelein, Lake Zurich, Northbrook, Rolling Meadows and most surrounding areas to trust us with their refrigerator repairs.

You can rest assured your refrigerator is in good hands, as we have the following credentials to recommend our work:

  • HomeAdvisor Screened, Approved And Awarded With Elite Service
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Give us a call today at 847-459-8070 to experience the Area Appliance Service difference!


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