Samsung Ice Maker Noise [How to Fix]

It is unsettling to hear any unusual noise from your ice maker. This article tells you what a Samsung ice maker noise means and how to fix it.

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Samsung Ice Maker Making a Clicking Noise – Quick Fix

If a Samsung ice maker is making a clicking noise, it means the ice maker is not functioning properly. This is especially true if the ice maker produces no ice. There is probably an internal wiring failure or the ice maker just does not work anymore.

The noise comes from the machine trying to run but is unable to do so. You will find that it is also unable to make ice when it makes this clicking noise.

Therefore, replace the ice maker assembly. This is the best fix for the problem. However, be sure that the ice maker gets water adequately and is not empty yet is trying to make ice. Also, be sure that the water filter is not old and is correctly installed.

Before replacing the ice maker, you may want to check other possible reasons for the noise. This step may be less expensive than a new ice maker. Temperature fluctuations can cause the ice maker to click, as it turns on and off. Stabilize the temperature and see if the noise stops.

You can also check the ice maker fan. Whether it is a standalone or refrigerator ice maker, it should have such components. Check to see if there is ice accumulated on the fan; use a hair dryer or another heat source to melt the ice. Alternatively, turn off the refrigerator of ice maker until the ice melts and the fan is free.

You must also determine why the fan froze so you can prevent a future occurrence. Check for cracks around the ice maker compartment or the ice maker itself. Ensure the gasket seals tightly and close the door often. Additionally, ensure the ice chute flap is not open, as it can let ice into the compartment and freeze the fan.

Samsung Ice Maker Making a Grinding Noise – Solution

If the ice maker in a Samsung refrigerator makes a grinding noise, it is probably just the ice maker motor pushing ice forward and out. And when the dispenser is getting the ice out, the noise comes, too. This is true when the ice is cubed but is especially true if it is crushed ice.

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However, if there is ice around the evaporator fan and the blades of the fan hit it, you may hear a noise that sounds like grinding. Defrost the unit manually to melt the ice around the fan and stop the noise.

To do this, take the following steps:

Step 1

Empty the refrigerator or freezer of all food items. Store them in another unit or in a cooler with ice packs. Dump any ice in the ice bin out. And remove shelves and racks if it is possible as doing this makes cleaning the unit after the defrost process easier.

Step 2

Disconnect the unit from the dedicated power source. If you cannot disconnect it easily, shut off the circuit breaker for that room or that part of the house. Then, open the doors and leave them open for the duration of the process.

Step 3

Put towels down under the unit to absorb dripping water. If you can, put a tray or pan under the unit or close to the drain hole of the freezer to collect water from the melting ice.

Ensure you check the towels and pan from time to time so that you can empty the pan and change the towels. This process could last as long as 24 hours, depending on the build-up of ice.

While waiting for the process to tend, you can take the time to wash the shelves and racks thoroughly. Use mild soap and warm water but tread carefully with any glass shelf. Dry them completely before putting them back into the unit.

Step 4

When all the ice has melted, especially that around the evaporator fan, clean the unit thoroughly to remove all wetness. Make sure to dry it completely because if any moisture is left behind, it will refreeze and cause an ice buildup quicker than anticipated.

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Reconnect the unit to the power source or turn on the circuit breaker. Give the unit some time, at least 2 hours, to cool adequately. Make sure the temperature is set at the correct point. Then, put the food back in it.

Important Note

It is important to note here that defrosting the unit only solves the problem for the moment. After some time, ice will build again. This is because the real cause of the ice buildup has not been determined yet.

Due to the fact that this is a serious problem, run a check on the components of the defrost system, especially the defrost heater. If it is defective, there will be no continuity on the multimeter when you test it. And it also means the evaporator coils will have an ice buildup.

However, it could mean that the defrost timer is faulty or the defrost thermostat does not work anymore. There is also the defrost control board to check.

Replace any of the parts that is defective in order to prevent an ice buildup around the fan again. If you are not sure about troubleshooting the parts and replacing them, call a refrigerator repair technician to assist you with it.

Otherwise, there is a leak somewhere in the unit, letting in warm air which causes condensation and subsequent refreezing which builds up ice. Therefore, check the door seal and how frequently the door is opened.

Samsung Ice Maker Noise – Knocking Noise

If the ice maker in a Samsung unit is making a knocking noise, check to see if the ice maker has water in it. If it does not, turn it off and check the water line. Connect it properly if it is not.

But if you disconnected it earlier, it explains the knocking noise from the ice maker. It is trying to operate without water in it. It is not safe for an ice maker to run without water. It lowers the freezer or refrigerator temperature by drawing cold air to run an ice-making cycle. Besides, the strain of running without water may eventually damage the machine. Therefore, turn off the ice maker if you disconnect the water supply.

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Another possible cause of the knocking noise is the refrigerant line kicking into action as the compressor turns on. There is nothing to do about this. However, if the noise is new and is coming from the refrigerant line, have a repair technician run a check on the unit to determine why the noise is there.

In addition, the cooling fan hitting ice could make a knocking sound, depending on who is listening. As we have discussed before, defrost the unit manually if this is the case. But you will have to determine the original cause of the ice buildup in order to prevent a future occurrence. Manually defrosting the unit is only a temporary fix.

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An ice maker is not made to be noisy. It is usually quiet, only indicating its presence when it is turning ice out, filling with water or dispensing ice.

So, if a Samsung ice maker makes a noise and it is unusual, it is best to assume something is wrong and request assistance.

If the noise is low, it may be normal and nothing to worry about. But if it is so loud that it interrupts conversations, even if it is a familiar noise, report the issue immediately.

Samsung Support service is available to take your complaints and send agents to check your ice maker and fix it. But if you would rather use another channel, chat with any of our appliance technicians. They are ready to help you fix any appliance problem you have.


Unplug the refrigerator if you have to take any part out and replace it. And when you unplug it, be aware that some parts retain electricity after disconnection from power.

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