The refrigerator has played a crucial part in nearly every home kitchen ever since its birth and continues to advance to this day. Despite the many benefits that come with owning a refrigerator, some makes and models have been known to emit louder noises than other versions. Even quieter refrigerators have the ability to become louder over time. Those who are bothered by the loud noises their refrigerators make can either replace the fridge or attempt to repair the problem.

Top Rated

According to Consumer Search, the Maytag M1TXEMMWW was rated the best top-freezer refrigerator of 2011 and one of the quietest. Owners of the refrigerator mentioned not only how quiet it was but how roomy it was as well. The overall height of this refrigerator is 66.25 inches while the width is 32.5 inches. Consuming only 419 kilowatts of energy per hour, this Maytag refrigerator has been Energy Star qualified. All models come standard with an icemaker, adjustable bins and three shelves made of glass. Consumers will be given a one-year limited warranty. Color options include white, bisque, black or stainless steel.

Freezer Fans

The fan used in self-defrosting refrigerator freezers could be the cause of loud refrigerator noises. These fans are located on the back wall of the freezer itself. The fan can be located towards the top or bottom of the back wall, depending on the placement of the freezer. Over time, the fan's motor can start to make loud chirping, squealing or groaning sounds due to extensive use. If the fan's motor is the source of the noise, the motor must be replaced.

Noises From Behind

Some refrigerators emit loud noises from behind the unit itself, which can be due to the compressor or the condenser fan. The first thing you should do is remove the back of the refrigerator to see if anything has gotten stuck in the condenser fan. If this is the problem, simply remove the offending object. If there is nothing in the fan, unplug both the fridge and the condenser fan motor. Plug the fridge back in, and, if the noise is gone, the fan is to blame. However, if the noise returns, the compressor is the issue. Compressors can be very expensive to replace, so simply replacing the fridge altogether might make more sense. The other option is to simply live with the noise.

Budget Versus Noise

Consumer Search also ranked the Samsung RF266AEWP as one of the four best rated refrigerators of 2011 as well as one of the quietest. However, with an estimated starting price of $1,450, it might fall out of the price range for some consumers. Those who are less concerned with refrigerator noise may want to research the GE GTS18FBSWW, which has an estimated starting price of $500 as of 2011. Consumer Search states that owners of this fridge experienced loud noises, but most didn't find the noise to be too bothersome or distracting.