Normal Operating Sounds and Sights
Understanding the sounds you
Your new, high-efficiency refrigerator
may introduce unfamiliar sounds. These
sounds normally indicate your refrigerator
is operating correctly. Some surfaces on
floors, walls, and kitchen cabinets may
make these sounds more noticeable.
The following is a list of major
components in your refrigerator and the
sounds they can cause:
A Evaporator - Refrigerant through the
evaporator may create a boiling or
B Evaporator fan - You may hear air
being forced through the refrigerator
by the evaporator fan.
C Defrost heater - During defrost
cycles, water dripping onto the
defrost heater may cause a hissing
or sizzling sound. After defrosting, a
popping sound may occur.
D Automatic ice maker - When ice
has been produced, you will hear
ice cubes falling into the ice bin. Ice
maker fan, water valve activation,
and refrigerant gas fluid may create
sounds from its operation.
E Electronic control & automatic
defrost control - These parts can
produce a snapping or clicking sound
when turning the cooling system on
F Condenser fan - You may hear air
being forced through the condenser.
G Compressor - Modern, high-efficiency
compressors run much faster than
older models. The compressor may
have a high-pitched hum or pulsating
H Water valve - Makes a buzzing sound
each time it opens to fill the ice maker.
I Drain pan (not removable) - You may
hear water dripping into the drain
pan during the defrost cycle.
J Condenser - May create minimal
sounds from forced air.
L Ice dispensing paddle - When
dispensing ice, you will hear a
snapping, clicking, or popping sound.
M Motorized damper - May produce a
light humming during operation.
Energy efficient foam in your
refrigerator is not a sound insulator.
During automatic defrost cycle, a red
glow in the back wall vents of your
freezer compartment is normal.
Features vary by model