HELP -- My Frigidaire Fridge is Making a Loud Popping Noise

by Tom H.
(BC, Canada)

Four or five time a day we hear a fairly loud popping sound from our Frigidaire side by side fridge. I have checked to see if I could see anything which may cause this but found nothing.

Please let me know what might be causing this. I want to know if I have a major problem or if it is just expansion or some thing to do with the ice maker.

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Mar 11, 2018
noise NEW
by: DAN

FRIGIDAIRES ARE CHEAP PIECES OF CRAP, ice makers pops and snaps, I think the ice maker heater has a design flaw it doesn't loosen the ice enough to let the paddles to push the ice out of the tray or the timing is off, the popping noise is the plastic gears jumping the drive teeth then when the ice finally gives the pressure on the gears throw the ice all over the freezer. I will never buy another Frigidaire product again ever.

Feb 19, 2018
Re: popping noise NEW
by: Anonymous

It's not due to pet hair. This problem started on day one after I received the new unit. Frigidaire claims that it is a "normal" noise. It just started making another new noise that sounds like something hitting a fan blade ("rrrrrrrrrr") that fades out after a few minutes and comes and goes, or stops when the door is opened. I have a repairman coming out later this week to check this noise out.
Other than all of the racket this thing makes, it seems to be working OK

Feb 19, 2018
popping noise NEW
by: Anonymous

Can the problem be from dust and pet hair collecting under and through back of unit?

Jan 20, 2018
Loud Popping noise from refrigerator freezer wall NEW
by: George

I recently added Freon to my 10 yr old GE side by side do to not cooling properly (with all other systems functioning properly) then got night time loud popping noises from freezer side wall. Though it's working well otherwise, after reading the tech comment about a slight over service of freon in system, I am fairly sure I will lessen the freon charge slightly,through the saddle piercing valve I installed, to try to stop this never before obnoxious night time noise!!!

Sep 30, 2017
Frigidaire FFHG2250 Loud Popping
by: Anonymous

I just purchased a new Frigidaire FFHG2250 fridge and immediately noticed an occasional very loud popping sound that sounds like someone dropping a golf ball onto a wood floor from about 20 feet. It is so loud, it scares both me and the dogs! I contacted Frigidaire customer service who initially sent me a copy of the pages in the manual that describe all of the other "normal" sounds other than what I am hearing. I'm certain this is a design flaw and I will be ignored by Frigidaire until I "go away".

Aug 03, 2017
To: p1salmons - Popping Noise
by: upnorthjonny

I tried a simple tweak that significantly improved the situation. The capillary tube running up to the fridge compartment had about 5" of extra line coiled up near the compressor. I (carefully) uncoiled the line and routed it so about 2" or so contacted the top of the compressor housing. In effect, a sort of mini heat exchanger.

The comprssor was still quite warm when I did this, and after several minutes I opened the door and waited for it to cycle back on. To my surprise, there was no popping noise intially. After maybe 30-45 seconds, though, I did hear a few quick pops - but they were faint and subsided quickly. I replaced the back cover, and monitored operation for couple of weeks.

The results varied slightly from cycle to cycle, but there was a marked improvement in the level and frequency of this noise. On occasion, I'd hear a pop or two which were louder than usual, but not too bad. When the fridge cycled more often as summer heat increased, the noise disappeared completely during some cycles. It would appear that adding heat to the capillary slows down (or eliminates) the initial cold-shock inside the filter-drier which, I believe, is the source of the problem.

I still have plenty of time left on my warranty if the noise gets worse. But for now the unit is cooling just fine, and I'm hesitant to call out a service tech, based on so many user comments about their inability to diagnose and correct the issue. I do not want to make the problem any worse. You know the saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

So for now I'll let this ride and continue to monitor the unit over time. The mod I performed will not invalidate your warranty, as long as you don't damage anything in the process.

If your warranty has expired though, you may want to go a step farther and follow the directions for extending the capillary further into the compressor compartment, and fastening it to the discharge (liquid) line for a more efficient heat exchanger. The author claims this is 100% effective in eliminating the pops, but I can't confirm this. The only reason I didn't attempt this mod is that it creates obvious signs that the unit has been modified. But based on my experience, the logic behind that mod is solid, and it should work - capillary heat seems to be the key element here. You could try a less invasive approach, such as heating the cap tube with an external source (hair dryer, heat gun, etc). This isn't a permanent solution, but if it gets rid of the popping temporarily - you've nailed down the source of the problem without changing the system. And if some tech or CS rep tells you this is 'normal', you can politely tell 'em that you know better.

Sorry this post is so long. It's a complex problem, and I don't want to give anyone information that could make it any worse. It seems that many of today's refrigerators are afflicted with this so-called 'normal' sound, but the manufacturers seem unwilling or unable to mitigate the problem. I was lucky, and at least was able to find an acceptable workaround. But, like you, I expected much more from a $900 appliance. Good luck to all.

Jul 31, 2017
For:upnorthjonny, my Frigidare is making the poping noise you described
by: p1salmons

My spelling is a little off today (previous should be popping not pooping. Anyway....
What was the fix? My Frigidare is 3 months old. When the compressor starts up, it sounds like popcorn popping for about 20 seconds then the popping noise stops until the next time the compressor starts. I have also contacted Frigidare and they say the noise is normal for high efficiency refrigerators. If you have any luck resolving the issue, please let me know.

Jul 31, 2017
For:upnorthjonny, my Frigidare is making the pooping noise you described
by: p1salmons

What was the fix? My Frigidare is 3 months old. When the compressor starts up, it sounds like popcorn popping for about 20 seconds then the popping noise stops until the next time the compressor starts.

Jul 31, 2017
My Frigidare is making the noise you described NEW by: P1salmons
by: Anonymous

Did you get your Frigidare fixed? What was the fix?

Jul 31, 2017
My Frigidare is making the noise you desribed
by: P1salmons

Did you get your Frigidare fixed? What was the fix?

Jun 30, 2017
This Could Be The Fix
by: upnorthjonny

We bought a new (2016) Gallery 20.4 Ft top-freezer model one month ago. Since first power-up, it's made the popping/snapping noise each and every time the compressor starts. Lasts for 15-20 seconds, and doesn't seem to affect cooling performance. No ice maker is installed. We like the fridge a lot, but that noise is getting old.

As an engineer, I prefer to analyze symptoms and narrow down possible causes before calling any service tech out. Sometimes you get lucky, and the cure is relatively easy. This could be one of those situations.

Apr 26, 2017
popping and rattling and screeching
by: hort

my frig is a ge16 ( 15.5 ) ss beauty but looks are only skin deep. purchased in july 2014 and so far both fan motors have been replaced. latest problems are loud popping sounds and endless run times. luckily i took out a warranty with ge but it's a struggle to get them to come out. so, no idea how long this thing will last but i agree with all the others - today's appliances are nothing but junk. my previous frig latest 30 years with zero service. i should have kept it even though it ran up my electric bill. at least i had peace of mind.

Apr 18, 2017
I saw the real reason on Utube...
by: Anonymous

And it has to do with the fridge not being level and that somehow affects the condenser (or whatever) inside. Once the fella on utube adjusted his fridge (on the bottom front after you open fridge door) his fridge stopped making the noises. And there is no ice maker on this fridge. My sister has one that makes same popping noises and she says the fridge thinks it has an ice-maker in it - REALLY? a fridge thinks? I will tell her about the utube video lol

Feb 18, 2017
Stop Whining and Read The Blog
by: Anonymous

If you took the time to read what other people had written instead of criticizing, you would have found the fix like I did. Hint: It has to do with the crisper drawers.

Jan 26, 2017
I came here to read solutions, not your wordy whines
by: G Francis

Enough with the wordy me-too garbage. I am looking for answers. This is my second Frigidaire and fourth ice maker. The ice maker pops loudly through its cycle, most likely cheap plastic gears rotating the tray. If you have a solution, please post. Otherwise don't make me read your mindless stories and gripes.

Sep 11, 2016
You can and should get this fixed. Insist on it???
by: bignycatx

Can you provide more info on how you got them to fix your noisy fridge and what the secret recall is please? I spent almost 30 minutes on phone with tech support but in the end they said it was normal and even in the troubleshooting section of the owners manual.

Sep 03, 2016
Popping Sound
by: Anonymous

My Maytag that I have owned for two and a half years just started making that loud popping sound. Super annoying! I wonder why it started NOW instead of at the beginning. Any thoughts from anyone as to why it just started? I didn't move it or anything.

Sep 02, 2016
You can and should get this fixed. Insist on it
by: Anonymous

Samsung fixed my popping sound. I just bought the fridge; it has a warranty. From what I read, it has to do with the physics of the heating element touching the cooling elements and they just invented a fix. The fix works. But hear the story. First I called Samsung. The customer service rep told me the obnoxious popping sound was "normal" and that I could write the president of the company if I was unhappy. She gave me the address of the president. I then called the store that sold me the appliance and asked for warranty service assuming from what I had read that some of the technicians know how to fix it. The tech came out and said that there was a "bulletin" out on the problem which is like a recall. But it is a secret recall. He brought a part that has been made to fix the proximity of the heat and the cold. And the problem is solved. But you see from this that Samsung won't own the problem or at least they make you go through hoops. The problem does NOT come from the icemaker although it certainly sounds like it does. It is NOT just a Samsung problem; it runs across the brands. The fridges are all similar.

Aug 06, 2016
by: Anonymous

...we all have name brand refrigerators that make loud popping noises. Mine does it too!!
Thanks to those who discovered the cause.
Is there a fixx for this issues we're having...??
(or Is this a merely complaint-forum?)

Jul 26, 2016
Frigidaire Gallery Popping
by: Jeb

This Refrigerator was rated real high so I bought it, Never had trouble before with Frigidaire. This thing makes all kinds of Popping Noises when the compressor turns on for about 5 seconds. I called Frigidaire and they said it was Normal, How Could That be Normal???, Then they said they would send a technician, but they would charge me. I just bought this thing, how can they charge me???? Home Depot was NO BETTER, they said oh you have to buy an extended warranty then we will maybe check it. WHAT??? Why would I do that when I just bought a brand new refrigerator??? They said I had 48 hours to send it back !!! How could I do that when they didn't deliver it until after the 48 hours when I bought it?? Whatever happened to 30 days or 3 months??? It just shows you how our companies have become scumbag ripoff artists, Cant trust any of the Greeeeeedy Idiots!!!!!!!!

Cons: Noisy, no tech support

Jul 26, 2016
Frigidaire Gallery Popping - Junk
by: jeb

This Refrigerator was rated real high so I bought it, Never had trouble before with Frigidaire. This thing makes all kinds of Popping Noises when the compressor turns on for about 5 seconds. I called Frigidaire and they said it was Normal, How Could That be Normal???, Then they said they would send a technician, but they would charge me. I just bought this thing, how can they charge me???? Home Depot was NO BETTER, they said oh you have to buy an extended warranty then we will maybe check it. WHAT??? Why would I do that when I just bought a brand new refrigerator??? They said I had 48 hours to send it back !!! How could I do that when they didn't deliver it until after the 48 hours when I bought it?? Whatever happened to 30 days or 3 months??? It just shows you how our companies have become scumbag ripoff artists, Cant trust any of the Greeeeeedy Idiots!!!!!!!!

Cons: Noisy, no tech support

Jul 24, 2016
Samsung French Door same gunshot sounds
by: Anon G

I have had the exact same problem as everyone else here. Loud gunshot popping sounds when the compressor shuts down. It scares the hell out of me every time. Can hear the pops from the other side of the house, and wakes me if the bedroom door is kept open. Had Samsung service techs here 4 times. They cant find anything wrong and basically trying to say it's normal. I have had a lot of different fridges in my time, and slept in hundreds of hotel rooms with fridges in them, and never heard these noises before.

Mar 22, 2016
There may be hope yet...
by: Richmond, BC

April 2, 2015 > I posted a comment on this page:
"Refrigeration Dark Ages! by: Richmond BC Canada "
Just thought I'd do a follow up... got my fridge going again last spring and it worked for about 3 months before quitting again: more food spoilage, after an expensive grocery shop at Whole Foods! Did some research online and got my Brother to help. We found the freezer fan was not spinning and he got it going. But because it only did work for a few short months again and then losing all that food a 2nd time (quit of course in the heat of the summer), I would next time just go out and buy a new one rather than trying to repair again (even by a professional)... seems just not worth the headache, hassle and financial loss of (expensive) food.
The good news is that I did get a new fridge (last summer) and I absolutely love it. It is the best fridge ever (touch wood)!!!
No popping sounds (as of yet) and it is working beautifully.
Only sound it makes is when it is doing it's defrost cycle and it is just a pleasant, gentle humming sound.
My new fridge (bought from Trail Appliances) is a Whirlpool. French doors up top and pull out freezer drawer on bottom.
No ice maker or water: 30" wide, 31" deep and 67" high (had to fit in my small condo kitchen). Paid around $1,800.00 CAD + tax etc. We will see how many years I do get out of this one, hopefully more than 5!!! Hope this follow-up is helpful to others cuz I know my experience was an absolute "pain in the you know what"! 😀 (Finally!!!)

Mar 21, 2016
Ping Pong ball sounds
by: Anonymous

My kitchenaid started out with a sound as if a cabinet door was shutting. Later it added a loud pop. Then it added a ping pong ball bounce. The bouncing got longer. Waking us up at night. I was going to get a new one until I slid the little tabs on both crisper trays from high to low. It stopped immediately and has not done it in several days. Might give it a try. I am not sure if some have tabs and some have dials, but fixed my problem.

Mar 11, 2016
Thanks for all the comments
by: Anonymous

Looks like Frigidaire will NOT be on my shopping list when this one dies.

Nov 22, 2015
by: Anonymous

Most people here are talking about Frigidaire's. Mine s a brand new Whirlpool and does the same thing. I did call the manufacturer right away and didn't understand what he said but essentially, like everyone else- it's "normal"! Never had noise from older refrigerators.

Sep 20, 2015
popping refrigerator
by: Anonymous

is this a sign of age or is freon leaving the tubes and is it time for a new one my fridge is only 15 years old

Jul 22, 2015
Ice Maker to blame on my Maytag
by: Sleeping Again

French door Maytag refrigerator with bottom freezer drawer was making loud popping sounds. There was no ice storage bin and no water connection and the ice maker wire shutoff arm was in the off position (up). Pulling out the electrical connector linking the ice maker to the the inside of the freezer fixed the loud noises. There are still occasional soft popping noises but 95% of the problem was the off but plugged in ice maker. Not sure how old this Maytag is since it came with the house but it looks fairly recent.

Jul 15, 2015
Pop sound from my LG Fridge
by: Lahai

Key LG Fridge is makings a pop noise/sound

May 20, 2015
Frigidaire Refrigerator Nightmare!
by: RB

The appliances today are just high price pieces of plastic junk. Shortly after I purchased my 5 yr old $800 standard fridge ot began making this loud Popping noises that wakes me out of sleep EVERY night!I've had 5 refrigerators in the last 15 yrs! From $1700 DOWN, yes I refuse to pay that much if I'm not getting a better product! I've had EVERY brand except GE. Iv had side by sides (what an absolute waste , with running water that kept running, water lines that mysteriously frm the pressure would spray my walls, floors til I set a camera up to figure out what the heck wz going on & lots of food loss!!!

May 20, 2015
Frigidaire Refrigerator Nightmare!
by: RB

The appliances today are just high price pieces of plastic junk. Shortly after I purchased my 5 yr old $800 standard fridge ot began making this loud Popping noises that wakes me out of sleep EVERY night!I've had 5 refrigerators in the last 15 yrs! From $1700 DOWN, yes I refuse to pay that much if I'm not getting a better product! I've had EVERY brand except GE. Iv had side by sides (what an absolute waste , with running water that kept running & lots of food loss.

Apr 28, 2015
Whirlpool After All These Years
by: Anonymous

I purchased a Whirlpool in 1998. It has been perfect from day one. Just recently, 17 years later, it has started the loud popping. Though some bottles had fallen over in the fridge. Nope. Then started doing it regularly. Thought the poor thing was finally quitting on me. Thought I'd check the internet to see if its fixable. Apparently NOT. So, what do I do???... live with it, or buy a new one and still have to live with it. When will America wake up and realize we need to make our own products???!!! At least after reading all these comments, I won't call and pay a service man to tell me "Its Normal...!"

Apr 02, 2015
Refrigeration Dark Ages!
by: Richmond BC Canada

[copied and pasted from an email just sent to my Mom and my Brother upon finding this web page:]

Check this out...
I managed to find this link with people complaining about various makes of fridges making loud noises, which can be startling, can be even be heard throughout the house (if you live in one) and even wakes them in the night from their sleep. From a $1000.00 fridge to a $2400.00 fridge. People are told by the stores they bought them from, the manufacturers of their make and from service repair people that this is (the new) normal, even if it doesn't start from day one (what the ?&&@??). People (consumers) are pissed off!!!!!

Though these complaints are about noise only, mine has been making these same loud popping noises since it seems the fridge compartment quit maintaining a cold enough temp to keep food from spoiling (early December).
[freezer working/no ice maker].

In one of the the complaint/comments, a person said they were told by a service-repair-man that you are lucky to get more than 5 years out of a fridge now a days!!!
What bull crap!

The wonderful world of modern technology!!! Aren't we lucky! They can fly a man to the moon but they can't make a fridge anymore that is quiet and lasts more than 5 years!!! And where do we put all these dead 5 year old fridges?!!

If I do have to get a new fridge, is this all I have a choice of looking forward to???
Sounds like the new (modern) way they are making these fridges is the problem as fridges of the past (which would last 20 years) didn't make these noises.
I guess I am lucky(?) as the one I have did last 10 years.
The research continues...
[my fridge is a Kenmore (mystery brand) from Sears; basic model with freezer at top.]

Mar 19, 2015
Kenmore Frigidaire
by: Anonymous

My Kenmore Frigidaire with bottom freezer started the popping noises within 6 months of purchase and seems to be getting louder after a couple of years. It sits in an alcove in my small kitchen.
Recently I had to move the fridge into the dining room for a few days while my new kitchen floor was laid and the fridge never made any popping noises at all while in the dining room. As soon as it was moved back into the kitchen into it's alcove the popping noises started again with a vengeance.

I am so disappointed in todays products, nothing but poor quality. Won't purchase at Sears again.

Mar 12, 2015
Popping Noise
by: Anonymous

We had that popping noise for 3 months after we had repairs done to our 2015 Frigidaire when it stopped cooling. After 3 repairmen could not stop the popping noise (they told me it was normal)I finally got a good repairman who said they overcharged the Freon in my frig when they did the repair to correct cooling problem. He got the Freon back to the correct level and bingo, the popping stopped.

Unbelievable how many bad repairmen are out there. 1 guy would not even look at the frig, he said this loud popping noise was normal and walked out. Another guy put tape on the cooper tubing carrying the Freon because he said they were knocking into each other.

Feb 22, 2015
Frigidaire popping noises
by: Anonymous

I found this online. I hope it helps. I finally know what that noise is.
The defrost timer can also make noises. It usually will make a click when it advances. As the timer gets old, the motor that runs the defrost timer can begin to make noises as well. If the timer motor is making a loud sound, then you should replace the entire timer. Noises related to the defrost timer are: snapping, crackling, or popping sounds. This is most likely caused by the defrost heater getting warm, and cold water dripping onto it. You may also hear some metallic sounding expansion or contraction creaks as the coils warm or get cool.
I found this too...
Adaptive Defrost Control
An adaptive defrost control or ADC system attempts to save energy by fine-tuning the timing of defrost cycles. An electronic processor monitors how long it takes to defrost the evaporator coil during each defrost cycle and adjusts the time between cycles to optimize efficiency. Frigidaire ADC systems run defrost cycles of about 30 minutes, with between six and 72 hours of compressor run time between cycles.

Feb 18, 2015
nervewracking popping
by: Ann

Bought a new GE GSE22ETHWW refrigerator from Lowe's. Started popping from day one. It pops when the fridge's motor turns on and lasts 15-20 minutes, probably 5-6 times a day. Not sure about during nighttime when asleep. My old 23-year old GE TFX 24R refrigerator never made a sound and I'm so disappointed in these new refrigerators. No one told me that this is supposed to be a new "normal" noise for "new, modern refrigerators". If I had known, I would have kept my old refrigerator until it died. I certainly hope that with all these complaints that I'm seeing about new refrigerators being noisy, the "smart" people who design the next newer ones will figure out a way to stop this horrible defect and start making quiet refrigerators once again. PLEASE!! And, I'm getting my old fridge back too!

Feb 16, 2015
Popping noises
by: Anonymous

We have always bought Frigidaire appliances exclusively because they are good quality for a reasonable price.
We are having the popping noises in the freezer that others are having. That being the case, I suppose I will no longer worry about it.

Feb 12, 2015
Explanation of noises
by: Ann

I've lived in several apartments and the Whirlpool in my latest apartment is the only refrigerator that's ever made loud popping noises. The noises startle me when I'm in the living room. Here's an article I found about it:

Jan 27, 2015
loud noise from fridge
by: Anonymous

after reading several comments I am even more convinced my 2 yr old LG fridge is what is waking me at night, it makes a loud bang like something had fallen over and hit the floor, i have heard it in the day as well. My daughter has woke to a loud pop pop pop as well. anyone know what causes this?

Dec 27, 2014
My parent's Frigidaire nightmare
by: Marie 2014

The fridge worked ok for approx 4 years. Now it is making popping noises which can be heard throughout the house. When I visit it wakes me up. The fridge looks brand new - no wear and tear - yet it sounds like an old piece of .....

When manufacturing moved to China - everything become disposable and garbage. When you pay over one thousand dollars for a fridge it should last. I called the technician and he advised me to NOT bother putting money on repairs. He said if your fridge lasts 5 years now, consider yourself lucky. Fridges used to last 10 years or more!! The landfills are going to be filling up faster and faster. We will never buy a large fridge again. What a waste of money.

Dec 22, 2014
Popping Sounds
by: Iryna

I have the exact same sounds coming from my not even 1.5 year old Frigidaire Fridge.
I had a repair man come in, and of course it wasn't making the noise.
It is no loud at times that it wakes me up in the middle of the night.
Has anyone figured out how to solve this problem yet?

Dec 03, 2014
Magic chef
by: Anonymous

Model no. CTB1723ARW

Dec 02, 2014
Whirpool Gold Series - same popping
by: Jim M.

Bought a Whirlpool Gold french door unit 2 years ago. Had condensation issues in the fridge immediately, they replaced the icemaker and some gaskets. Never really fixed the condensation problem. Now the freezer frosts up, AND we get to enjoy all the popping described below. $2500 and I am ready to throw the piece of crap away.

Nov 29, 2014
Magic chef
by: Anonymous

Been popping and crackling for 4 months now, never done it before. Older model. Real loud. I think I could be because when we moved it, was laid down on the trailer and we plugged it in to early..

Nov 17, 2014
sleepless knights.
by: Anonymous

I Owen about forty refrigerators and i have never hare shush noise coming from one of them but this one wake me up at knight whit a loud popping noise i say a lot of comments about this popping noise as a refrigeration tech for most of my life i am wondering if the system have moister in it ore is result of the 134A refrigerant i am going to pull a vuccum with a new dryer recharge the system and give you the result soon.

Nov 15, 2014
Popping noise
by: Anonymous

I have a top of the line LG model that I bought a year ago and it starting a loud popping noise about 4 months after it was delivered. I contacted both the store where I bought it and LG, and I was informed by both that the noise was normal. I said if it were normal, then why did the noise start 4 months after it was delivered and not immediately. I also stated that I have had many refrigerators and never had one that made a popping noise. I was informed a tech would be sent to investigate however, if nothing was wrong, I would be charged for the service call. I reminded them that it was still in warranty and they said it doesn't matter.

Nov 09, 2014
by: JayPee

Bought a Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator July 2014 and it has been keeping me up ever since! The popping sound is like marbles inside. Pop Pop Pop ever since July. Had a technician over - so of course there was not a sound!

Frigidaire is giving us a credit so we can go back to the store and start over. So which companies have a QUIET refrigerator? Our old one was never this bad. This is PROGRESS???????

Oct 23, 2014
Popping Noise
by: clydesur

When I took about 1/2 of the Ice out of the Ice Maker, the Popping noise quit.

Sep 27, 2014
by: Anonymous

I have a GE bar fridge. has done it since i plugged it in. Had to unplug it, have it in my man cave and scares the shit out of me everytime.

Sep 08, 2014
kenmore popping noise
by: Tiffany

My kenmore side by side is year and half old and in past couple of months it has started making a popping noise. Extremely annoying. I've read that this is "normal". If it's normal then why didn't it start when I first plugged it in?

Aug 31, 2014
Maytag - same popping sound
by: Dan

Maytag fridge - 7-8 years old; making same popping sound several times a day

Aug 29, 2014
Samsung fridge
by: Anonymous

Yes, gunshot popping sounds randomly echoing in my open concept home. So annoying. Guess I'm not the only one. No ice machine. Things should be getting quieter with today's technology, not louder.

Aug 26, 2014
Popcorn popping sound
by: David

So what's the solution? Normal is not the answer, and any repair person who would say something like that is an idiot. worse, thinks you'll buy "normal" as an answer, making you an idiot. I have had mine replaced - with no success. Popping, growling, and an annoying change in the tone of the unit when it's not making popping or growling noises.

Aug 11, 2014
Hell's a Poppin'
by: TheGeezer

We purchased a Samsung French door in June of this year. It started making popping noises almost immediately. At least a dozen times a day I'd guess. As others have indicated, the Samsung line is that the pops are "normal." Normal in whose world I say. They offered to send a service person if I requested but warned that if the service tech found nothing wrong there would be a 55.00 charge. I'm sure the service tech is well-schooled to call the popping noise "normal" per Samsung instructions. I am surprised to see that the issue is affecting some non-Samsung units as well, so I don't feel quite so stupid about our choice. Other than the popping the fridge works just great.

Aug 06, 2014
Frigidaire Professional fridge noise
by: Anonymous

Bought new Professional series Frigidaire fridge in May and have the same popping noise. Also have freezer compressor noise like marbles tumbling when it operates. Dealer says they cannot do anything about it. Never again Frigidaire - you have a loser here.

Jul 30, 2014
Maytag pops also
by: Anonymous

Maytag 9 yrs old does the same popping noise and has for some time. It does not have an ice maker so it makes no difference. But I have noticed that it is more frequent in the summer months. Guess it's just normal.

Jul 17, 2014
refrigerator popping noise
by: steve

I have a new Samsung refrigerator and it does the same thing. Intermitent loud popping noise. Samsung repairman said it is the new normal for trying to make refrigerators more efficient.

Jul 09, 2014
clicking noise
by: Anonymous

We just bought a brand new Maytag French door fridge with freezer on the bottom, Icee and water on the door. The clicking is driving me insane! There is really nothing that can be done?! I'm worried it could be something wrong....? But it sounds like this is a common thing? Ugh.

Jul 02, 2014
No worries.
by: Anonymous

It is the expansion and contraction of the metal components during the "defrost" cycle.

They can vary in intensity, duration and type over the life of the unit.

You can hear the same type [causal] of noise when an automobile is "cooling" after being driven and parked.

Jun 05, 2014
loud pop
by: John

Our Kenmore (made by Whirlpool) fridge also makes a loud pop when cycling off. It is loud enough to sometimes wake us up at night. Consumer Reports didn't recommend Whirlpool because they are noisey but I didn't think to ask who made it. Serviceman says it is becoming a common complaint with a lot of fridges perhaps due to trying to make them more efficient. Nothing he could do.

May 26, 2014
No one gives good product care
by: Anonymous

Fed up as a paying consumer with faulty products.

May 08, 2014
loud popping noise
by: Anonymous

well isn't that wonderful to find out that the gunshot noise is normal, that has to be a hoot, there is no reason for this to be so, and this is my last time i buy frigidaire, so heads up kenmore you are losing a lot of customers here.

Dec 28, 2013
Popping noises from Frigidaire
by: Anonymous

We bought a Frigidaire Gallery last summer and have the exact same problem with popping noises that happen every cycle. Repairman out 3 times. Tried a dampening kit. Didn't work. Very annoying. I would not buy a Frigidaire again.

Nov 22, 2013
Upright freezer
by: Anonymous

Our 10 year old upright freezer started this "popping" about 6 months ago. We have an extended service contract with Sears (Frigidaire Commercial 9 cu ft), they came out but could find nothing wrong. There is a removable service panel on the inside, but the screws were tight. It sounds like metal expanding. I sent and E-Mail to the company two weeks ago and have heard nothing from them.. Freezes fine, but the noise is getting old.. Frigidaire won't be on my shopping list.

Mar 14, 2013
New Frigidaire is Also Loud
by: Anonymous

We had to make a spur-of-the-moment refrigerator purchase when our old one quit working. We bought a black Frigidaire (Model # FFHT2126PB0) with the freezer on top. From the moment it was plugged in, we noticed periodic clunking/popping noises whenever it runs - like marbles or ice clinking together. Sometimes it is so loud we can here it in the next room, over the TV. In addition, the refrigerator arrived in horrible condition. The front doors were all scuffed up - the finish had been worn off in some spots, likely due to being transported at some point with plastic on it. The place we bought it from is going to replace the doors, but don't seem to care about the noises it makes. This will be our last Frigidaire purchase!

Jan 17, 2013
frigidaire noises
by: Anonymous

Frigidaire MODEL #FPUI 2188LR - Since new, it has made noises - a bit like 'marbles clunking' and also makes 'growling' noises ( almost like a stomach growling) during most ON cycles. OFF for about 30 minutes, then ON for about 8 minutes. During most 8 minute ON cyles it will repeat the pattern of the clunking marble-like noises followed by long growling, then low rumbling, then sometimes back to a few marble-like noises before ending that 8 minute cycle. There are times that it will make very little noise during the ON cycle, but it is fairly consistant with it's noise making. It can be heard from rooms away when it gets going. My old 20 year old refrigerator that this one replaced was extremely quiet (GE) - never made any noises at all - so this one so far has been a major disappointment.

Mar 11, 2012
Popping noise every cycle
by: Anonymous

Bought a top of the line Frigidaire fridge back in 2009 (Gallery Professional top freezer model) at Sears.. Makes popping noises with every cycle. Very annoying. It worked normally for a month or two,then began the popping noises. It still cools well. But the noise is very annoying. I'm no engineer, but I would think it is the refrigerant gas suddenly expanding as it hits the coils in the fridge. A basic design flaw? Needless to say, I would not buy another one.

Feb 08, 2012
Compressor pop
by: David

My Kenmore side by side refrigerator has a pop/crack each time the compressor turns on or off.

Not really a life altering problem....but still it does wake me during some naps in my recliner.

Sounds almost like a bat hitting a baseball. Just one crack on and just one crack off.

First guess is a solenoid moving..maybe the compressor switch if it has any internal moving parts.

And then sometimes it is totally quiet when the compressor switch kicks in.

All else is smooth and quiet...just that pop.

Nov 16, 2011
The popping is torture
by: Jen

I was under the gun to buy a new fridge because my old one died. I went with a Frigidaire and it is making the exact same horrible popping noise. I describe it as a musical chipmunk. It's been making the noise since day one, but I foolishly thought it would go away.

Now, I've been around a lot of refrigerators in my day, and none make this horrid noise. The repair guy also claimed it is normal. How can Frigidaire not have fixed this issue yet?!

Jul 20, 2011
Fan is NOT Running If Its Hot
by: Anonymous

I figured out why it was hot in the middle of the side by side Frigidaire. The fan was stuck that cools the coils on the back.

One of the blades was bent ordered new fan blade $4.97. Easy to fix if the compressor is still good if not that is $1000.00.

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Jul 19, 2011
So Hot to Almost Burn You!!!
by: Anonymous

My Frigidaire fridge is hot in the middle side by side, almost hot enough to almost burn you.

How do you fix this? And what is the problem?!?!?

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Dec 19, 2010
Re: Our Fridgidaire Fridge is Making the Same Loud Popping Noise!!
by: Anonymous

We have the same issue -- our Frigidaire fridge is making the same loud popping noise!!

It's a brand new fridge,just plugged it in and there's a popping noise every compressor cycle. It lasts for approx 10 seconds, but it happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We were told it is Freon expansion! The compressor is just a pump and pushes the gas through the refrigeration lines. For some reason some Frigidaire models are noisy.

We had a technician over and we were told its normal. That's crap!

I've worked in HVAC on compressors, chillers, air conditioners, cooling towers, heat pumps and have never heard those types of noises coming from 134a gases.

We ended up taking the fridge back and are now buying a different brand of refrigerator.

I only wish I would have found this website before we made the mistake of purchasing our first and last Frigidaire product.

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Dec 12, 2010
My fridge is getting hot!
by: Shirley

Mine is getting hot at the middle door frame

Anyone with the same problem? Model # fr23r4aw6

Oct 21, 2010
We're having the same problem - Frigidaire Gallery
by: Anonymous

We have the same clicking/popping noise when the compressor cycles on. Its been happening since it was new and service tells us its normal.

Very annoying when it can be heard throughout our home.

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Aug 28, 2010
We have the same problem!!
by: Jan-Texas

My Mom bought a Fridgidaire side by side in May and she is so irritated by the popping noise that she takes out her hearing aids so it won't bother her.

I talked with Lowe's and they denied knowing of any such problem and since it is past the 60 day time limit, there is nothing they can do.

I am not sure what options she has except to either live with it--she lives in a small apt. and the kitchen adjoins her living room. Or, buy a new one.


Aug 19, 2010
Frigidaire Refrigerator Popping Noise
by: Anonymous

I bought a Frigidaire refrigerator in June and it's makeing a popcorn popping noise when the compressor starts running for about 5-10 seconds.

They say this is "normal".

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