Whether we want it or not, we do spend a lot of time in our kitchens. Besides the fact that we cook our meals (and that alone does take some time), grab snacks and sit there while eating, we also socialize and sometimes even relax.
For some people, cooking itself it pretty relaxing. There are, however, some things that can be annoying and therefore ruin your „zen time”. Even if we ignore the things we cannot control (like that one annoying neighbor that mows their lawn three times a week), there are those that we can change.
Refrigerators are great. They keep our snacks fresh and therefore keep us happy. They can be really annoying, though, because they sometimes produce weird noises. They rattle, they buzz, they gurgle, and we don’t even know why.
This can be especially annoying to those who live in a small apartment and have trouble falling asleep, while some are distracted by the noise. Let’s talk a bit about what’s causing it and discuss how you can fix it and reduce refrigerator Noise!
Why does my refrigerator produce these weird sounds?
If the buzzing isn’t super loud and super weird, it’s probably just the whole mechanism in the refrigerator. You have to keep in mind that it’s plugged in all day and all night: you would be buzzing too if you had no breaks during your work time!
The vibrations can also be caused by contact between the refrigerator and the floor, between the refrigerator and the wall, even between the refrigerator and the other counters. That’s quite normal.
However, if your refrigerator seems to be very loud and produce uneven noises that change over time, you should probably call a professional and let them check it out. This way you can save your refrigerator by fixing the inside problem, and you may even fix the weird sounds as well!
How to take care of „regular“ noises?
You obviously have to find the cause. No one will be able to point out what’s wrong until you try to move the fridge around: it’s a trial and error process.
If the buzzing is produced because the refrigerator is sending vibrations to the floor, you may want to check out rubber mats. They’re pretty cheap and do a great job. If they don’t help, you will need anti-vibration pads. This model from Amazon and this model from Amazon are our favorites: cheap and effective. You can check out the reviews people left to get the idea of how they do.
If you feel like the sounds are „metal“, but you know the mechanism itself is fine, you may want to secure all of the screws. There can be some really large ones inserted into refrigerators and therefore it’s obvious that they can actually produce a significant amount of noise when the fridge is vibrating.
If you have a problem with the mechanism, it will probably be the compressor that’s shutting down. You need to have a second opinion from a professional, but it’s usually best to get a new refrigerator because the cost comes down to the same thing.
If your fridge is creating noise and you don’t think it’s connected to the „outside world“ (the fridge isn’t touching anything, etc), you may want to check out sound-absorbing foams. These (also from Amazon) are great, according to the Amazon reviews. However, if you need a bigger pack, you may want to check these foams from Amazon out: better value vs. price ratio.
Moving the refrigerator to another location is also a great solution, but it’s mostly not something people decide to do. Kitchens are mostly planned out the way they are and moving things around will cause total chaos because you need to move everything else as well. If you do have the time, you should consider the option. If you don’t, just try to move the refrigerator a few centimeters: sometimes the gap in the floor tiles creates the issue.
What if the problem’s on the inside?
Well, you can try a couple of things before calling a professional. Sometimes the problem isn’t in the mechanism, but something else that’s „bothering it“.
To begin with, a bit of cleaning may do the job. Our best advice would be to open the fridge up from the back and check out if it is very dusty. If you see a lot of dirt, get your hair dryer and put it on the cooling option, then blow away all of the dust.
That’s the easiest way to get things done without creating trouble (breaking something, unplugging something, putting water on something that doesn’t like to be wet).
If there isn’t a lot of food in it, that may be a problem as well. Although this is sort of sad, we had to let you know that empty fridges buzz more. There is nothing to stabilize it and help reduce the buzzing.
If the problem is serious, you’ll probably have to get a new refrigerator. We already mentioned that, but we’re hoping that you won’t have to cash out a bunch of dollars for a new one. If you’re in the position to get a modern refrigerator, though, make sure to get one with a quieter compressor.
How to mask Refrigerator compressor noise?
Well, if you can’t fix it, you can „fake it until you make it“. Put some music on, turn on the radio or just play white noise in your kitchen. The white noise will likely make you relaxed as well, so that’s a bonus.
You can also get a carpet, but people rarely do it because it ruins the aesthetic of your kitchen.
If you have a bunch of rooms in your home and your kitchen is well separated from the rest of the house, you may want to create a soundproof barrier between the rooms. Putting soundproof materials on the doors and (possibly) windows can help because they’ll keep the sound in the kitchen.
Refrigerators can produce noises due to all kinds of things and you can often not help it without trying out various solutions. Calling a professional, getting some soundproof materials and moving the whole thing around are just some of the offered solutions.