Is your Electrolux refrigerator making annoying noises? No need to panic. It could be quite a few different issues that are causing it – many of which are easy to fix.
To find the culprit, make sure you inspect each of the different components of your fridge that we list below, and hopefully you’ll be able to fix it.
This guide covers the following models of Electrolux refrigerators:
The first component to check is your refrigerator’s fan blades. If they are noisy or loud, especially when your fridge door is open, then they might be what’s causing the loud noises. Here’s how to check your fan blades:
- Unplug and turn your refrigerator off.
- Check the evaporator fan blade that is located in the freezer behind the back panel. The best way to test it is to try turning it by hand to see if it turns freely or gets stuck on something. If you find it doesn’t turn freely, then you might be able to remove any loose debris so that it starts working correctly, or you may have to replace it.
- You can also check the condenser fan blade that you’ll find in the back underside of the refrigerator and again test it by hand to see if it turns freely. If not, then it will have to be replaced.
The compressor in the fridge can sometimes be the cause of loud and annoying noises. If you can hear noises coming from the compressor, then this might indicate that it is damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced. It’s not uncommon for the internal components of a refrigerator compressor to wear out over time, so this is quite a common cause of unwanted noises. Here’s how to check it out:
- Locate the compressor. It is usually found underneath the fridge and at the back. You’ll need to pull it out from the wall and remove the rear panel so you can access it.
- If you can hear noises coming from it, then it will need to be replaced. It is a tricky repair, so it is best to have a licensed technician replace it for you.
Water Inlet Valve
Another common cause of a noisy refrigerator is the water inlet valve. The valve is controlled electronically and opens to supply water to the refrigerator dispenser and icemaker. Over time the valve can get blocked up with debris, and this restricts the water supply. Here’s how to check if it needs to be replaced:
- Locate the water inlet valve, and see if you can hear noises coming from it.
- If so, then it will need to be replaced. Replacing this component is difficult, and when you try and take it apart, you’ll break it if it isn’t broken already, so it’s best to consult an experienced technician to get them to replace it.
Condenser Fan Motor
Another potential cause of your Electrolux noisy refrigerator could be the condenser fan motor. The condenser fan’s function is to properly circulate air through the condenser coil in order to remove heat and also to circulate air through to the drain pan so that the water in it will evaporate.
One way to tell if the noise is being caused by the condenser fan motor is that your fridge might also be having trouble staying as cool as it normally would, and sometimes a fridge might even turn on and off randomly if the condenser fan motor is faulty. Here’s how to inspect the condenser fan motor:
- Turn your refrigerator off at the wall, and remove the rear access panel.
- Find the condenser fan motor (you can find it near the compressor at the bottom of the fridge near the back of it).
- Inspect the condenser fan motor, and look for any damage or signs of wear and tear. Make sure you look out for any debris stuck in the fan that could be preventing it from operating normally and remove it if possible.
- If you discover that the fan motor is damaged or worn out, then it will need to be replaced.
Evaporator Fan Motor
Another fan motor that could be causing the noise is the evaporator fan motor. This fan motor makes sure that air is distributed over the evaporator coils when the compressor is operating. If the noise is coming from the freezer area of your Electrolux refrigerator, then the evaporator fan motor might be the cause of it. Here’s how to check it out:
- Unplug your refrigerator.
- You will find the evaporator fan inside the freezer compartment. Once found, remove the cover.
- Check the motor for any signs of wear and tear, and check if there is any ice on the motor, which could be causing the fan to not move around properly.
- If you find ice on the fan, defrost your freezer and see if this fixes the problem.
- If you don’t find ice, then try to manually turn the fan around and see if it moves around freely or not. If it does, then the evaporator fan motor probably isn’t what’s causing the noise. If it doesn’t move around freely, then the fan motor will need to be replaced.
Evaporator Fan Motor Grommet
The purpose of the evaporator fan motor grommet is to isolate the motor from the mounting bracket so that it can stop it from making any vibrating sounds. You can check the evaporator fan motor grommets by:
- Unplugging your refrigerator.
- You will find the evaporator fan cover inside the freezer compartment. Once found, remove the cover.
- Check the grommet to see if it shows any signs of damage or wear and tear. Sometimes the grommet can fall off – and if so, simply put it back into place.
- If you find any problem with it, then it will need to be replaced.
Those are some of the main causes of an Electrolux noisy refrigerator. Hopefully, by going through each of the steps outlined above, you have solved the problem and your fridge is now operating without any annoying noises.