Normal operating sounds.
Newer refrigerators sound different from older refrigerators.
Modern refrigerators have more features and use newer technology.
Do you hear what I hear? These sounds are normal.
The new high efficiency compressor may run faster
and longer than your old refrigerator and you may
hear a high-pitched hum or pulsating sound while it is
You may hear a whooshing sound when the doors close.
This is due to pressure equalizing within the refrigerator.
CRACKS and SNAPS
You may hear cracking or popping sounds when the
refrigerator is first plugged in. This happens as the
refrigerator cools to the correct temperature.
The freezer control will click when starting or stopping
Defrost timer snapping in and out of the defrost cycle.
Expansion and contraction of cooling coils during and
after defrost can cause a cracking or popping sound.
On models with an icemaker, after an icemaking cycle,
you may hear the ice cubes dropping into the ice bucket.
On models with a dispenser, during water dispense, you
may hear the water lines move at initial dispense and
after dispenser button is released.
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Refrigerator does not
Vibration or rattling (slight
vibration is normal)
Refrigerator in defrost cycle.
Refrigerator is unplugged.
The fuse is blown/circuit breaker is
Leveling legs need adjusting.
You may hear the fans spinning at high speeds.
This happens when the refrigerator is first plugged in,
when the doors are opened frequently or when a large
amount of food is added to the refrigerator or freezer
compartments. The fans are helping to maintain the
The fans change speeds in order to provide optimal
cooling and energy savings.
The flow of refrigerant through the freezer cooling coils
may make a gurgling noise like boiling water.
Water dropping on the defrost heater can cause a
sizzling, popping or buzzing sound during the defrost
A water dripping noise may occur during the defrost
cycle as ice melts from the evaporator and flows into the
Closing the door may cause a gurgling sound due to
For additional information on normal
icemaker operating sounds, see the
About the automatic icemaker section.
What To Do
Wait about 30 minutes for defrost cycle to end.
Move the control to a temperature setting.
Push the plug completely into the outlet.
Replace fuse or reset the breaker.
See Level the Refrigerator.