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    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2017 edited
    I've just completed a new kitchen re-fit,- fully integrated. However although most appliances were OK, I'm less than satisfied with the under-counter larder fridge. Put simply, it's noisy, not clunky as if somethings loose, but just compressor noise which IMO is too loud especially at night. I complained to Electrolux, AEG, who to their credit, sent an engineer to check it out. He told me it was normal and the louder compressor was due to the R600 refrigerant gas used in modern fridges. I'm not sure if this is bulls...t or not but I can't understand how the gas has any bearing on noise. I can believe the occasional "fizzing" or "bubbling" in the system which the AEG instructions refer to but just plain simple running noise,.....mmm.
    Any ideas, anyone compressor savvy??:confused:
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2017
    Is it possible the cabinet it's in is acting like a loud speaker enclosure? Perhaps try pulling it out into the middle of the kitchen and see if it sounds quieter.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2017
    Thanks CW, I had thought that especially as I don't have the plinths in place yet. I suppose all the hard surfaces surrounding the appliance don't help but an integrated appliance should really be designed with that in mind. The rigid surrounds are always there. However, I cant help but think it's something more.
    I did a bit of research and as usual the U.S. websites were more informative one suggested that "linear compressors" were generally quieter, I've no idea what they are and certainly I've never seen that phrase on any sales info or indeed on any tech specs.
    Fitting plinths made a huge difference to the sound from our dishwasher.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2017
    Cheers Simon, I hope that's the case with this appliance, although it came with a grille to insert in the plinth.
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