Normal operating conditions.
Newer refrigerators sound different from older refrigerators.
Modern refrigerators have more features and use newer technology.
Do you hear what I hear? These conditions 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 operating.
You may hear a whooshing sound when the doors close. This is
due to pressure equalizing within the refrigerator.
After dispensing ice, a motor will close the ice chute to keep
warn room air from entering the ice bucket, maintaining ice at a
The hum of the motor closing the ice chute is normal, shortly after
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
Expansion and contraction of cooling coils during and after
defrost can cause a cracking or popping sound.
On models with an ice maker, after an ice making 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.
START UP COOLING
It can take up to 24 hours for the refrigerator and freezer
temperatures to match the display. During that time refrigerator and
freezer door openings should be minimized.
Freezer cools first.
Refrigerator compartment cools last; it may take several
hours after the freezer.
Turning off ice maker makes both fresh food and freezer
food cool faster.
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 correct temperatures.
The fans change speeds in order to provide optimal cooling and
The flow of refrigerant through the 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 cycle.
A water dripping noise may occur during the defrost cycle as ice
melts from the evaporator and flows into the drain pan.
Closing the door may cause a gurgling sound due to pressure