Samsung Refrigerator Noise [How to Fix]

There are different possible noises a Samsung refrigerator can make. So we are looking at how to fix a Samsung refrigerator noise.

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How to Fix Popping Noise from a Samsung Refrigerator

If your Samsung refrigerator makes a popping noise, it is the sound of the refrigerator’s plastic parts expanding and contracting as the temperature of the unit changes.

Most times, this sound comes when the refrigerator is defrosting because of the rise and fall in the temperature. Again, if the refrigerator is new, the sound comes as it tries to adjust to the temperature of its new home. Usually, the noise stops with time.

Another possible reason for the popping sound is the reaction of the aluminium mat behind the cooling/heating element in the refrigerator. When there is a change in temperature, the aluminium mat reacts to the change by expanding or contracting, thereby making the loud popping noise.

However, the noise should not be loud as to disturb conversation or sleep. The sound should be similar to ice cubes melting in a glass of warm drink, only louder because a refrigerator is louder than a glass of drink.

If the noise is extremely loud, contact Samsung support center for assistance or chat with any of our experienced appliance engineers for expert advice.

Samsung Freezer Making a Humming Noise – What to Do

Turn the ice maker in the Samsung freezer off if the water line is not connected. Doing this stops the unit from making the humming noise. It also keeps the unit from being damaged.

But if the water line is connected, you will hear the humming noise but the volume will be low, unobtrusive. It will be the sound of the ice maker filling with water and the volume of the noise will be a little louder if the pressure of water is high. Yet, it should not be as loud as to be disturbing.

You can try reducing the noise if the pressure of water is high by reducing the pressure. But be sure you can still dispense three-quarters of a glass of water within 10 seconds; this will tell you the pressure is just right.

The humming noise can also come from the compressor. While it is running, it sounds like a low-purring engine but sputters a little as the fan stops. Again, the sound should not be loud.

However, if it is, something is wrong or damaged in the refrigerator. Contact Samsung support center to request service. Alternatively, chat with any of our professional refrigerator technicians for assistance.

Samsung Freezer Motor Noise – Solution

If the fan motor in a Samsung freezer has a problem or is defective, check the blades of the evaporator fan for dirt or debris. If there is anything stuck in them, remove them and clean the blades to leave them free of any obstruction.

But if the blades are free yet you can hear the noise, then check the motor. Clean it and test it to be sure they are working well.

To test it, open the door of the freezer and activate the door switch manually. This should get the motor of the fan running again because when the door opens, the motor stops running. But if the noise stops when you open the door and starts again when you activate the door switch, it means the motor is faulty and should be replaced.

It is likely you will hear a humming or buzzing noise coming from a faulty fan motor. And if there is dirt or debris somehow jammed in the blades or motor, the freezer will make the buzzing or humming noise.

Samsung Freezer Making a Vibrating Noise – What to Do

If your Samsung freezer is making a vibrating noise, reduce the noise by doing the following:

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1. Create Space

Ensure that the freezer has enough space at the sides, at the top and behind to breathe. Samsung designs its units to release heat from vents provided for this purpose. So if there is not enough breathing space, the compressor can overheat and begin to make strange noises.

2. Level Freezer

Uneven floor affects the freezer and this can cause it to produce more noise than normal. Therefore, check to ensure that the freezer is level. Relocate it if the floor of the current location is even slightly uneven.

Note: A freezer with too little in it can cause the compressor to put in extra effort to keep the unit cool. The same is true for a freezer with too many in it. And if the compressor has to work extra regularly, it could cause it to make vibrating sounds. Therefore, keep the freezer moderately filled to avoid this.

The vibrating noise is probably just the compressor working. There is nothing wrong with the freezer.

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Samsung Refrigerator Making a Noise – How to Fix

Below are the different noises a Samsung refrigerator can make, why it makes the noises and how to fix each one:

1. Popping, Snapping or Crackling Noise

This sound comes when the refrigerator temperature changes and the plastic parts contract and expand. You will most likely hear this sound if the refrigerator is new, as it is getting used to the new temperature and humidity, and when the refrigerator is defrosting.

Typically, the noise should not be loud because it is normal. But if you find that it is so loud that it interrupts conversations, then something is wrong. Contact Samsung Support for assistance or chat with our refrigerator technicians for expert advice.

2. Chiming or Beeping

If a Samsung refrigerator is making chiming or beeping noises, then check to be sure the doors are closed properly.

First, open the doors. Second, check to see if any item is keeping the doors from closing fully. Third, close the doors again but this time, close them firmly, making sure they seal tightly.

If it is beeping and the display is blinking, then the temperature inside the refrigerator has become high. While an issue like power outage can cause the temperature to rise, you should reduce the temperature setting so that the unit can cool considerably. Thereafter, return it to normal settings. Also, ensure that nothing else, such as a weak door seal, is keeping the door from closing tightly.

However, if the beeping started after you detached and reattached the doors of the refrigerator, it is possible you did not reattach them properly. Consult your owner’s manual to see how to properly do this.

If you follow all these steps and the refrigerator keeps beeping, it is time to contact Samsung Support center.

3. Gurgling, Hissing or Bubbling

This sound is easy to explain. As the refrigerant passes through the tubing, it changes from liquid form to gaseous form, then back to liquid form. While this is happening, you will possibly hear a faint bubbling or gurgling sound.

And when the unit is in the defrost cycle, water melted from the coils drops on the defrost heater and makes a hissing sound. However, this should not be excessively loud.

If it is too loud, contact Samsung Support center to request service. You can also chat with our experienced technicians to determine the fault and fix it.

4. Humming or Buzzing

An empty ice maker can make a humming or buzzing noise. Check to see if the water line is connected. If it isn’t connected, then turn the ice maker off to stop the noise.

But if the water line is connected to the ice maker, it is possible you will still hear the noise. However, it is going to be at a much lower volume.

The noise will come from the water filling the ice maker. It will be slightly louder if the water pressure is high. If you can, turn the pressure but keep it at a level where you can still dispense water quickly enough.

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Additionally, the humming and buzzing noises could come from the compressor as it runs and changes speed. But it should not be loud.

If the noise is too loud, service is required. Contact Samsung Support center to request service.

5. Whistling and Blowing

Whistling and blowing come from the circulation fans of the refrigerator. While these sounds rarely come, they are not abnormal. To stop them, simply move the unit away from surrounding walls, leaving about 2 inches at the sides, at the back and at the top.

But if the sounds continue to come regularly, contact the support center of Samsung to request service.

6. Grinding

When dispensing ice cubes or crushed ice, the ice maker can make this grinding sound. But this is absolutely normal. It is just the sound of the motor pushing out the ice.

However, if you hear the sound when you are not getting ice or it is too loud, contact Samsung Support center or chat with any of our appliance technicians for assistance.

7. Banging

Ice falling into the ice bucket from the ice maker makes a sound like banging. But it is not loud and doesn’t happen often unless you are dispensing ice cubes. So if the sound is unusually loud or you are not dispensing ice cubes yet the banging sound comes, something is wrong. Contact Samsung Support center to request service.

8. Fan Hits Ice

When ice builds up around the fan and the blades attempt to turn, you will hear a steady ‘brrrrrr’ sound as the blades hit the ice. To remove the ice, manually defrost on the refrigerator.

However, ice will build upon the fan again because you have not handled the root cause of the problem. Defrosting the unit is just a temporary solution.

To defrost the refrigerator manually:

i. Empty the unit, including the ice bucket. Find another freezer in which to store all the perishable food items. If you cannot find another freezer, use a cooler with ice packs.

ii. Power down the refrigerator by unplugging it from the wall socket. Open the doors and place thick rags or towels under the unit to absorb water. If it is possible, also place a shallow pan under it to collect dripping water.

iii. The defrost time could be up to 24 hours so keep checking the pan to empty it and the towels to dry them.

iv. When all the ice defrosts, clean the refrigerator and dry it completely with a dry towel. Empty the pan, close the doors and power the refrigerator up again.

v. Doing this takes care of the ice buildup on the freezer fan. But contact Samsung Support center for service or any of our refrigerator technicians to find the original cause of the ice buildup and fix it.

9. Squeaking Door Hinges

If the door hinges of your Samsung refrigerator are squeaking, whether loudly or subtly, spray them with silicone spray. But use only the food-grade type as others, such as WD-40 could corrode the grease on the hinges.

However, if the refrigerator is new or not used and the hinges squeak, the following helps:

Allow the hinges time to normalize. The door harness is likely not seated properly. But constant use will cause it to be seated properly. After about a week, take the hinge cover off and check the harness to see if it is seated well. Your owner’s manual explains how to do this.

If you had to remove the doors and reattach them, probably when bringing it home or moving houses, it is likely the doors were not properly reinstalled. Consult your owner’s manual to determine if you did this correctly. Follow the specified steps if you did not.

Look under the refrigerator. Its leveling legs should touch the floor fully while the wheels should be completely off the floor. If that is not so, contact Samsung to report this and get a guide on how to fix it.

10. Rattling

The compressor could make a low rattling sound as it slows its speed. But this is usually very brief.

Also, an external object could be rubbing against the back of the refrigerator, making the rattling noise. Move the unit away from the wall a bit to see if there is anything there or if the noise stops.

However, if the rattling noise is too loud, visit the Samsung Support center to request service.

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Samsung Refrigerator Makes a Noise When Dispensing Water – How to Fix

The following are parts to check if a Samsung refrigerator makes a noise when dispensing water:

1. Water Inlet Valve

When dispensing water, listen carefully for any noise from the valve at the back of the unit. If there is any noise coming from there, replace the water valve.

2. Water Line

If the water line has air in it, the dispenser will make a noise when you are dispensing water. To get rid of the air, fill about 15 glasses with water in quick succession. Doing this should remove the air in the water line.

3. Water Filter Housing

Fixing this issue may require professional hands. But if you can do it, then unplug the refrigerator from the power outlet and turn off the water supply to the refrigerator.

Loosen the tabs or screws holding the cover over the housing. Remove the housing and check it for any damage. Replace it if there is any.

4. Water Filter

A dirty or clogged water filter will cause noises to come from the dispenser. The same is true for a faulty filter.

Therefore, remove the water filter and inspect it for dirt. If it is clean and working well, insert the bypass plug that comes with the refrigerator and dispense water. If there is no noise from the dispenser, then the filter is the problem.

Install a new filter to correct the problem. But if the noise persists, contact Samsung Support center or a qualified refrigerator technician.

Samsung Freezer Noise Stops When Door Is Open

If the noise from your Samsung freezer stops when you open the door of the unit, then the noise is coming from the fan behind the freezer back panel, that is the evaporator fan.

The motor of the fan stops running when the door of the unit is open and starts running again when the door is closed. So if the blades of the fan are jammed with debris or the motor is faulty, you will hear the noise when the door is closed.

Check the blades and clean them if they are dirty. Test the motor and replace it if it is faulty, causing the noise.

Also, ensure that the blades are not frozen. If they are, the attempt of the fan to turn will cause a noise which will stop when you open the door of the freezer. Thaw the ice by manually defrosting the unit.

Samsung Refrigerator Fan Noise – Solved

A Samsung refrigerator has two fans: the condenser fan and the evaporator fan. One or both fans can become noisy due to a dirty blade or a faulty motor. So, start with the condenser fan at the rear back of the appliance. Turn off the refrigerator by unplugging it from the wall outlet or turning off the circuit breaker.

Move the refrigerator to access the fan. You may have to remove an access panel to reach the coils. If the fan is dirty, clean the blade and motor with a soft, damp cloth. Do it carefully so you do not damage any parts. But if the fan blade and motor are not dirty, turn the blade with your hand to see if it turns well.

If it appears stiff, check the motor bearings; they may be worn. And if that is the case, replace the fan motor. But if the blade turns well, test the motor with a multimeter to check its continuity. Replace the fan if there is no continuity. A faulty condenser fan motor or a dirty fan can cause noise, so you must regularly inspect the fan to keep it up and running.

Now, check the evaporator fan but only if you hear the noise from the freezer section. The fan should run when the freezer door is shut but stops when the door opens. So, open the freezer door and see if the noise stops; if it does, the fan is faulty. Check for ice buildup or dirt around the blade, although the evaporator fan does not get dirty like the condenser fan.

Clear any ice around the fan using a hair dryer set at medium heat. Alternatively, keep the freezer door open and the appliance off until the ice melts. But if these do not apply, test the fan motor with a multimeter to check its continuity. If there is no continuity, replace the evaporator fan motor.


Refrigerator noises are normal. But knowing when to call or request service is important. Therefore, following this guide will help you determine when the noise is normal and when it is not normal.

Remember to unplug the refrigerator from the wall socket before you check any part of it. This is the first safety step in protection from electrocution. Additionally, if you have work gloves, wear them as added protection. This is especially needed when working on electrical appliances.

Samsung Refrigerator Noise – Related FAQ

1. Why Is a Samsung Refrigerator Making Whooshing Noise?

If a Samsung refrigerator makes a whooshing sound, then it means you opened and closed the door of the unit. Opening and closing the door causes the air pressure to equalize and when this happens, it creates a sound like a whoosh.

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