Fan Noise on a Samsung Refrigerator [How to Fix]

You are not alone if you have heard some noise from the fan on your Samsung refrigerator. Learn how to fix fan noise on a Samsung refrigerator.

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Fan Noise on a Samsung Refrigerator – Quick Fix

If there is a noise coming from the fan in your Samsung refrigerator, do the following:

1. Check the Seal

If the seal on the door of the refrigerator is worn, loose or damaged, replace it quickly. Do this in order to keep the unit working optimally and not stressing itself.

Also, if the door seal is dirty, clean it using warm water and mild soap. Scrub with a soft cloth until it is squeaky clean. This is because a dirty seal cannot close tightly.

A poorly sealing refrigerator door will let in warm air and compromise the coldness inside the refrigerator.

Consequently, the unit will work extra hard to maintain a cool temperature. This means the fan will work extra, too. The stress on it could affect the motor and cause an unusual noise to develop as a way of alerting you that all is not well.

2. Check the Wheels

Take a look at all the wheels under the Samsung refrigerator to be sure they are touching the ground. If they are, it means the unit is level. But if only one of the wheels in front is on the ground, it means the unit is not level.

Ensure that the unit is raised in front to the right height and leveled properly from the left side to the right side. If the leveling is not done properly or correctly, the fan could spin off-center and make a noise.

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However, if you are not sure about how to do the leveling, contact your owner’s manual for steps. You can also chat with our experienced appliance technicians who can direct you on what to do.

3. Check the Vents

Rearrange the refrigerator to leave the air vents at the inside rear of the unit free. If they are blocked, air cannot flow into the refrigerator and this could cause ice to build on the fan. And if this happens, the blades of the fan would hit ice and make a noise when attempting to spin.

If there is ice on the fan, it means you have to defrost the refrigerator manually. Empty the unit, unplug it from the wall socket and, leaving the doors open, allow it to defrost. When fully defrosted, there will be no ice on the fan.

4. Check the Fan Motor

If there is a constant ice buildup in the evaporator compartment, the moisture can damage the fan motor. And if the motor does not run smoothly, it may begin to generate loud noises. So, remove the motor from the freezer and inspect it. Does it show signs of moisture damage? If it does, consider replacing it, even if it still powers the fan assembly.

Also, age can affect the motor; if you have used the refrigerator for up to ten years without replacing any parts, it may explain the noisy freezer fan. Replacing the motor may fix the problem, but you can continue using it if the noise is not a disturbance. Note that a worn-out motor may slow the cooling process and eventually affect how well the refrigerator functions.

If none of the steps above solves the problem of fan noise, contact Samsung Support center and request service.

Important Notes

These troubleshooting and repair steps apply to all Samsung refrigerator models, including the bottom freezer and side-by-side models. If you have difficulty fixing the fan issue or it affects other parts, contact the Samsung Service Center to request service. Alternatively, hire an appliance technician for further assistance.

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The noisy fan in a Samsung refrigerator is usually the freezer fan or the evaporator fan. If there is ice or debris around or close to it, the blades will hit on it and make a noise. This is unusual because ice should not build in the evaporator compartment, and dirt should not find its way into the space.

Usually, when you open the door of the freezer, the noise stops because the motor of the fan stops running. So you hear the noise only when you close the door.

Here is a video showing how to remove ice around the freezer fan to eliminate the noise…

Samsung Freezer Fan Not Working – How to Fix

Open the door of the freezer and press the door switch to activate it. Usually, when you open the door of the freezer, the motor stops running and the fan goes off. But activating the door switch this gets the fan motor running even when the door of the freezer is open.

However, if the motor does not run when you activate the switch, then you know it is faulty and should be replaced.

You can also test the motor of the fan with a multimeter to check for continuity. This will tell you if the problem is from the motor. If there is no continuity, replace the motor if the fan is to work again because it is defective.

It is also possible that the blades of the fan are stuck so the fan won’t work. Therefore, open the rear panel of the freezer and inspect the fan. If there is ice around the blades, manually defrost the freezer in order to melt the ice around the blades.

To do this, you can empty the freezer, unplug it, open the door and allow the ice to melt with time. There is also the option of getting the freezer into the forced defrost mode.

You should know, though, that the ice buildup means that there is a problem with the defrost system of the refrigerator. Therefore, check the defrost heater, which is the likeliest defective component. Also, check the defrost timer, the defrost thermostat and the defrost control board.

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Quick Note

Work on the Samsung refrigerator only with the power cord disconnected from the wall socket. Never work on a refrigerator connected to power supply.

And even with the power cut off, be aware that some parts of the refrigerator can still retain power for a while. If will work on parts such as the capacitor, you may want to wait a few minutes for the electricity to discharge. Doing this reduces the chances of electrocution or damage to the refrigerator.

As an extra protection, wear work gloves if you have any. Not only do they shield your hands from shock, but they also shield them from cuts from any sharp or pointy part of the refrigerator.

It is important to be sure of what you are doing when fixing an appliance. If there is fan noise on a Samsung refrigerator and you are not sure of what to do, contact Samsung and request service. This is to avoid damage to the unit and save you some money. It is especially true if the unit is still under an active warranty.

An alternative to this is chatting with any of our experienced appliance technicians. They are always available and ready to answer your questions and help you, whatever the refrigerator problem is.

Fan Noise on a Samsung Refrigerator – Related FAQs

Where Is the Freezer Fan on a Samsung Refrigerator?

The freezer fan on a Samsung refrigerator is found behind the inside rear panel of the freezer section. It is right where you find the evaporator coils. You will have to remove the panel to see the fan. The freezer fan is also called the evaporator fan.

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