|The normal operation of your refrigerator will cause some sound. The following list contains sounds that are normal.
To view a short video about normal bottom freezer refrigerator sounds:
- A Chirping/barking/woof/howl sound can sometimes be heard as the damper door opens/closes.
- A change in fan speed as the refrigerator responds to changes in temperature due to door opening.
- A clicking/tic toc noise can be heard when the defrost timer switches on and off.
- A click can be heard when the temperature control unit turns the unit on and off.
- A boiling, gurgling, or knocking sound can be heard when the unit is running. This is caused by the circulation of refrigerant.
- Gurgling sound in the door. This sound can be heard just after the door is closed because of the water in drain tube trap area. It can last several seconds.
- A drip may be heard when defrost water is dripping into the pan beneath the refrigerator.
- The icemaker will make a loud noise when cubes are dropped into the bucket.
- A hum or click can be heard when the icemaker fills with water. This sound may be heard once or multiple times.
- A cracking or popping sound can be heard when evaporator coils on Top Mount No Frost models are cooling after defrost.
- Buzzing noises can be heard after getting water from the door dispenser. The noise should not last longer than 7 seconds.
- A snapping sound will be heard about 4 seconds after removing a glass from a dispenser. This is the sound of the dispenser chute closing.
- A clicking noise may be heard after a power shortage. This stems from the compressor trying to re-start itself. The noise could last for 3 to 5 minutes.
- A hissing, sizzling, buzzing, or arching noise may be heard on self-defrost models. This is produced when water drips on defrost heaters.
To view a short video about normal top freezer refrigerator sounds:
Any other sounds may require a service technician for diagnosis. To obtain in or out of warranty repair on Major Appliances, you may call 1-800-GE-CARES (800-432-2737) or schedule service online.