How to Quiet a Noisy Refrigerator

In this article, I look at some creative ways to make your refrigerator quieter, but also some advice for troubleshooting this problem.

Level out the legs

A fridge being on an uneven or lower density floor can cause it to make much more noise than usual.  The first step I’d take is to check the fridge’s legs. 

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Put the fridge on a mat

If you’ve tried adjusting the legs and your fridge is still vibrating on the floor, then the next best thing to try is putting it on a mat.

Soundproof behind the refrigerator

Rather than adding soundproofing to the back of the fridge, fix it to the wall instead. Providing the gap between the fridge and the wall isn’t too big, this should do almost the same job.

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Put the refrigerator in an alcove

Doing this basically means the sound waves are trapped in a smaller space and have less chance of bouncing around the room.

Build a shelving unit around the fridge

The purpose of building a unit around the fridge is basically to just add more mass to the area in an attempt to absorb and block more of the noise. 

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Clean the condenser and fan

Another worthwhile option for making the condenser quieter is to try cleaning it, as it could just be old or dirty. 

Add soundproofing materials to the inside 

If you feel that the majority of the annoying noises are coming from inside the fridge, then by all means try soundproofing it. The product I’d go with here is mass-loaded vinyl again.

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