GE fridge - are all fridges this loud?
Posted 08 May 2005 - 09:33 AM
As a child, I remember being pretty much oblivious to the function of the refrigerator. You opened it, cold things came out of it. End of story. This thing, though ... I think I have been consciously aware of it every time it has turned on since I've moved in here -- and it turns on for about ten minutes every half hour.
"WHIRRRRRRRRRRIIRRRIIRIRIRRRR!" That's all I can say about it. It's not a totally unnatural sounding noise -- meaning, it doesn't sound like anything's grinding or breaking. It's just a ridiculously obnoxious appliance. When it turns on, I sometimes have to turn up the TV to be able to hear dialog. When I'm in the bedroom, I need to close the door not to be able to hear it. It's actually about as noisy as my Maytag dishwasher (which, I might add, is a remarkable example of technology making something quieter -- but the dishwasher doesn't run all day long, the fridge does!)
So my question to y'all is: Does this jibe with your understanding of modern GE refrigerators? Are they all this loud?
I guess I'm holding out the vague hope that there's something wrong with it that can be corrected. The manual says, "you may hear the fans spinning at high speeds. This happens when the refrigerator is first plugged in, when the doors are opened frequently or whan a large amount of food is added to the refrigerator or freezer compartments." Well I hear high-speed fans all the time! But I don't want to spend a couple hundred bucks to have a repair guy come out here just to tell me that I have a crappy, noisy fridge.
Posted 08 May 2005 - 09:50 AM
Obviously a phone recording will be low quality. If you have another method of recording the sound and uploading an mp3 of that recording, that would be preferable.
Posted 20 May 2005 - 03:06 PM
Believe me, there has not be one single time that I have been at home when the refrigerator turned on and I was not aware of it. When I'm watching TV I find myself glancing at the clock to get ready for when it turns on again. Everybody else I know says they've never noticed their refrigerator -- and I've never noticed mine before either. But I sure notice this one. It's like having a roommate. I can hear it from my bedroom when I'm going to sleep.
The problem is, everywhere I read about new fridges, there's this disclaimer saying "new fridges sound different than old ones" ... but if that's the truth then I'd almost rather live without a fridge. I guess it's a technology we are no longer capable of building, like rockets to the moon.
Seriously, I'm only renting this apartment but it's annoying enough that I'm considering buying a new fridge and getting rid of the old one somehow. I hate to think that's the only course of action open to me, but I can't even tell if this is a "normal" noise or not -- maybe buying a new one is no good, maybe they're all like this now? Do new GE fridges normally sound as loud as new dishwashers when they turn on (because my fridge is as loud as my dishwasher)?
Posted 20 May 2005 - 04:18 PM
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