How do I Fix GE Refrigerator Ticking Noises?

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On occasion, a General Electric, or GE, refrigerator may make ticking noises if it's in use. Sometimes these noises can last up to five minutes and are caused by the regular processes and inner workings of the appliance. More often than not, clicking noises are completely normal and will stop eventually. Repeated ticking noises might be the refrigerator compressor attempting to turn on. If the refrigerator has recently been turned off or the power has gone out, once power returns to the appliance a clicking sound can be heard for up to five minutes as the compressor tries to restart.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner

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  1. 1

    Check the levelling legs on the appliance. These make a slight vibrating sound if everything is fine, but if they are loose you might hear a louder vibrating or rattling sound. The levelling legs are at the base of the refrigerator, supporting the entire unit.

  2. 2

    Turn the levelling legs clockwise until they won't turn any more to tighten them. If they were loose, tightening them will fix the ticking noise.

  3. 3

    Unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the wall if the ticking noise continues after the levelling legs are tightened. If the compressor is dirty or dusty, it may have trouble restarting after a power outage, leading to a prolonged ticking noise as it continually tries to restart itself.

  4. 4

    Vacuum off any dust or debris from the compressor coils behind the fridge, using the brush attachment on the vacuum hose. If the refrigerator makes clicking noises for a prolonged period of time, a repair technician may need to be called in to ensure the compressor is not broken.

Tips and warnings

  • According to GE Appliances, a clicking or a ticking noise can simply be the defrost timer turning on and off. Defrosting is an important process that fridges and freezers undergo periodically to stop the build-up of ice in the interior of the appliance. A clicking noise may also be the temperature control unit switching on and off, as well as the ice maker filling with water.

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