Reducing refrigerator noise?


G

Guest

My bedroom happens to be on the other side of the kitchen, where the
refrigerator is located. The refrigerator is enclosed by cabinets,
with some extra space on the top.. The refrigerator is new, but at
night the noise can still be heard in the bedroom.

I am thinking about putting some kind of foam material to the wall in
the kitchen where the refrigerator is located. There's enough
clearance for a few inches of padding for sure.

Does anyone know where I can buy such things? I know I can get some
kind of adhesive sound reducing foam padding for computer cases, but
they are generally pretty expensive..

Thanks!

Raymond
 
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aenewhouse

I am thinking about putting some kind of foam material to the wall in
the kitchen where the refrigerator is located. There's enough
clearance for a few inches of padding for sure.

Does anyone know where I can buy such things? I know I can get some
kind of adhesive sound reducing foam padding for computer cases, but
they are generally pretty expensive..
Yes. It's called insulation, and it's available at most home centers.
Or look in the yellow pages if you want someone to come in and blow the
stuff into your wall for you.
Even the normal stuff insulates from sound as well as heat - doesn't
have to be specific sound-reducing material unless you're a recording
studio, or unless you still can't insulate enough with regular
insulation.
Andy
 
H

hallerb

spray closed cell foam is the most effective, but costly. of course you
dont need much but its a small job.

it deadens sound 2 ways, makes it harder to transmit, and prevents air
passage which ultimately allows sound to pass.

try running a fan or other white noise generator at night to mask the
noise.

new fridges are much more energy efficent but the tradeoff is noise:(

Since its new you might try living with it for a few days you will
eventually adjust.....

just like to the sound of AC or furnace running or occasional street
noise, your brain says thats normal let him sleep:)

yur fridge is new so your brain says wake him might be hazardous:(

over time everything will settle out
 
J

Joe

My bedroom happens to be on the other side of the kitchen, where the
refrigerator is located. The refrigerator is enclosed by cabinets,
with some extra space on the top.. The refrigerator is new, but at
night the noise can still be heard in the bedroom.

I am thinking about putting some kind of foam material to the wall in
the kitchen where the refrigerator is located. There's enough
clearance for a few inches of padding for sure.

Does anyone know where I can buy such things? I know I can get some
kind of adhesive sound reducing foam padding for computer cases, but
they are generally pretty expensive..

Thanks!

Raymond
Maybe the sound is being transmitted to the floor and not emanating
from the refrigerator case. If so, some simple rubber pads under the
four leveling feet should dramatically cut down the racket.
Additionally, you might check the compressor to see if it has shifted
on its mounts and might be involved in the noise making problem. HTH

Joe
 
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Goedjn

My bedroom happens to be on the other side of the kitchen, where the
refrigerator is located. The refrigerator is enclosed by cabinets,
with some extra space on the top.. The refrigerator is new, but at
night the noise can still be heard in the bedroom.

I am thinking about putting some kind of foam material to the wall in
the kitchen where the refrigerator is located. There's enough
clearance for a few inches of padding for sure.

Does anyone know where I can buy such things? I know I can get some
kind of adhesive sound reducing foam padding for computer cases, but
they are generally pretty expensive..
You don't want foam for this application, you want
recycled cellulose panels, (Homasote, or something
similar.) Well, what you really want is lead-filled
vinyl, but if you're balking at the price of foam,
you won't pay for that.

And whatever you're doing in the evenings that's
keeping you from sleeping, cut it out, or do it
in the morning. If I can sleep next to an oil-fired
forced air furnace, you should be able that manage
being on the other side of a wall from a refridgerator.

Less coffee, more exercise.
 
G

Guest

Goedjn said:
You don't want foam for this application, you want
recycled cellulose panels, (Homasote, or something
similar.) Well, what you really want is lead-filled
vinyl, but if you're balking at the price of foam,
you won't pay for that.
And whatever you're doing in the evenings that's
keeping you from sleeping, cut it out, or do it
in the morning. If I can sleep next to an oil-fired
forced air furnace, you should be able that manage
being on the other side of a wall from a refridgerator.
Less coffee, more exercise.
Hehe. Thanks everyone for the advice. I was thinking about something I
can do without putting anything inside the drywalls... Some kind of
self adhesive foam padding I can put up on the wall where the frig is
at..

I am kinda used to it already, so no big deal... ;)

Raymond
 
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Goedjn

Hehe. Thanks everyone for the advice. I was thinking about something I
can do without putting anything inside the drywalls... Some kind of
self adhesive foam padding I can put up on the wall where the frig is
at..

I am kinda used to it already, so no big deal... ;)

As I understand it, foam surfaces are for reducing high-frequency
reflective-type noise in the same room with the sound source,
and to decouple masses. Massive (heavy) stuff is for reducing
low-frequency transmission through walls.
 
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Al Bundy

spray closed cell foam is the most effective, but costly. of course you
dont need much but its a small job.

it deadens sound 2 ways, makes it harder to transmit, and prevents air
passage which ultimately allows sound to pass.

try running a fan or other white noise generator at night to mask the
noise.

new fridges are much more energy efficent but the tradeoff is noise:(

Since its new you might try living with it for a few days you will
eventually adjust.....

just like to the sound of AC or furnace running or occasional street
noise, your brain says thats normal let him sleep:)

yur fridge is new so your brain says wake him might be hazardous:(

over time everything will settle out


... your brain says thats normal let him sleep:)

Glad brain doesn't do this when I'm sleeping and gotta wiz.
 
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mgk_anon

My bedroom happens to be on the other side of the kitchen, where the
refrigerator is located. The refrigerator is enclosed by cabinets,
with some extra space on the top.. The refrigerator is new, but at
night the noise can still be heard in the bedroom.

I am thinking about putting some kind of foam material to the wall in
the kitchen where the refrigerator is located. There's enough
clearance for a few inches of padding for sure.

Does anyone know where I can buy such things? I know I can get some
kind of adhesive sound reducing foam padding for computer cases, but
they are generally pretty expensive..

Thanks!

Raymond
Before you go out and buy anything expensive or exotic, I would try
experimenting with materials that you might have around the house or
are inexpensive to buy. You might try hanging a couple layers of carpet
on the wall, for instance, or some blankets. Sheet rock should work
very well if you mount it with a dead air space.

If your experiments don't results in some perceptible reduction in the
noise, there's a good chance that regular sound-proofing material won't
either and the noise is propagating through a different medium, like
the floor for instance or even under your bedroom door.
 
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Charles Pisano

How about putting a (3 pronged) timer on the fridge? Maybe set it to
come back on after you are asleep? Having it cut off for a 3 hour
period (or so) wouldn't harm anything. The door would be closed the
whole time ne way..
CP
 

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