I replaced the water filter in my refrigerator and it has caused a noise. Since replacing the filter, when I dispense water from the fridge, it makes a vibration or chugging noise. What causes this noise that all of a sudden started after replacing the water filter?
When a refrigerator makes a vibrating noise when dispensing water, there are the 4 common things that can cause this noise issue. Check the filter, water lines for excessive air, filter housing and water inlet valve.
4 parts that can cause water dispenser noise in refrigerator:
1. Faulty or Dirty Water Filter
2. Air In Water Lines
3. Faulty Water Inlet valve
4. Damaged or Faulty Water Filter Housing
4 components that can stop water dispenser noise in refrigerator:
1. Dirt/Dust Free OEM Water Filter
2. Remove Air In Water Lines
3. NEW Water Inlet Valve
4. Clean/Fix Water Filter Housing
FAST FIX Refrigerator Noise When Dispensing Water:
Remove water filter and check for dirt or gunk on head section.
Water filter is faulty, use a different water filter to test.
O-ring or seal is missing from the filter housing or filter.
Seal is damaged on the water filter housing or filter.
Air in water lines – Run 15 full glasses of water to remove air.
Water inlet valve noisy? Remove and replace.
Noise still coming from housing area? Remove and inspect filter housing.
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HINT: A faulty or generic refrigerator Water Filter can cause a vibrating sound in your fridge. If the new Water Filter causes your refrigerator to make a strange noise when you dispense water, try using a different Water Filter to see if that changes anything. Inspect where the Water Filter inserts into the Filter Housing. Is anything blocking the area or missing a seal?
Troubleshoot the problem by listening to where the noise is coming from. Dispense water from the dispenser and listen to where the sound originates from. Is the noise coming from the water inlet valve (back of the refrigerator) or the filter area (inside refrigerator)?
Noise Coming From Inside Refrigerator (Water Filter)
Remove the water filter from the housing.
Install the filter bypass plug that should be located with the fridge owners manual.
Dispense water from the water dispenser.
Does the filter bypass plug stop the noise when water is dispensed?
If the noise stops, the water filter is the issue.
Remove the filter bypass plug from the filter housing.
Inspect the HEAD SECTION on the water filter for any dirt or gunk that could be causing a connection issue.
Clean the water filter of debris and be sure the seal is installed on the filter housing. (if applicable)
Reinstall the water filter into the filter housing.
Dispense water to see if the noise still persists.
If the noise persists, replace with a different dust and dirt free water filter.
If using the bypass plug does not eliminate the noise, inspect the water inlet valve.
Refrigerator Noise Caused By Air In Water Lines
Simply run 10 to 15 full glasses of water from water dispenser.
This should remove all air from the water lines in the refrigerator.
Refrigerator Noise Coming From Back (Replace Water Inlet Valve)
Carefully slide the refrigerator out from the wall.
Have someone operate the water dispenser while you listen to water valve at back.
Dispense water from the refrigerator water dispenser.
Carefully listen for the noise at the water inlet valve (located at the back of the refrigerator).
If the noise is coming from the water inlet valve it will need to be removed and replaced.
If the noise does not come from the water valve you will need to check the filter housing.
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Refrigerator Water Filter Housing Issue
Unplug power to refrigerator.
Turn off water to refrigerator.
Remove screws or tabs that hold panel over the filter housing.
Check here for refrigerator manuals to remove your specific filter housing.
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Once removed check for damage/faults.
If the filter housing assembly is damaged, replace it with a new assembly.
NOTE: The above repair methods will work with all brands of refrigerators including GE, Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, Haier, Kenmore, Hotpoint, Emerson, Maytag, Sharp, Bosch, KitchenAid, Frigidaire, Toshiba, and Panasonic refrigerator/freezers.
Do you have questions about your refrigerator making noises after a water filter change? Please leave your issue below with your refrigerator model number.
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