Normal Operating Sounds & Sights
Understanding the sounds you may hear
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.
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 gurgling
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.
E Electronic control & automatic defrost
control These parts can produce a snapping
or clicking sound when turning the cooling
system on and off.
F Condenser fan You may hear air being
forced through the condenser.
G Compressor Modern, high-efficiency
compressors run much faster than in the past.
The compressor may have a high-pitched
hum or pulsating sound.
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
J Condenser May create minimal sounds from
K Motorized damper May produce a light
humming during operation.
L Ice dispensing paddle When dispensing
ice, you will hear a snapping or clicking sound when the solenoid opens and closes the ice chute.
M Perfect Temp Drawer (some models) Fans run intermittently when door is closed but turn off
when door is opened (except when fridge is in Sabbath Mode). Air control valve may produce a
light humming during operation.
Energy efficient foam in your refrigerator is not a
During automatic defrost cycle, a red glow in the
back wall vents of your freezer compartment is