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
Sometimes the refrigerator runs for an extended period,
especially when the doors are opened frequently. This
means that the Frost Guard™ feature is working to
prevent freezer burn and improve food preservation.
You may hear a whooshing sound when the doors close.
This is due to pressure equalizing within the refrigerator.
CRACKS and CHIRPS
You may hear cracking or popping sounds when the
refrigerator is first plugged in. This happens as the
refrigerator cools to the correct temperature.
Electronic dampers click open and closed to provide
optimal cooling and energy savings.
The compressor may cause a clicking or chirping sound
when attempting to restart (this could take up to 5
The electronic control board may cause a clicking
sound when relays activate to control refrigerator
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
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.
If either door is open for over 3 minutes, you may hear
the fans come on in order to cool the light bulbs.
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 drain pan.
Closing the door may cause a gurgling sound due to
For additional information on normal
icemaker and dispenser operating sounds,
see the About the automatic icemaker and
About the ice and water dispenser sections.