I want to shoot my new LOUD refrigerator
We built a new modular home last year. I moved in July 2009. We bought all new appliances at Sears - not expensive - average priced Kenmore/Whirlpool appliances - to fit our average priced modular home.
I like the stove, gas dryer and the very quiet dishwasher. The washer is a bit loud, but I'll live with it as it is in its own laundry room where I can shut the door.
As to the refrigerator -- IT IS DRIVING ME UP A WALL! The compressor is incredibly LOUD while it is running (not to mention the blower fan in the freezer). The brand is an 18 CUFT Kenmore Top Freezer (no ice maker) refrigerator (Model 253 68979802).
At the end of August 2009 I had a Sears technician come look at the fridge because of the excessive motor and blower noise while it is running. He said there was nothing wrong with it, and that all new refrigerators are loud.
Than I must be abnormal as I cannot stand the constant loud humming noise. The noise permeates throughout the entire house - even in the basement with the basement door closed. If I had known the refrigerator was going to be so loud, I would have closed in the kitchen from the rest of the house - forget "open floor plans" - I need some peace and quiet!
I now wear ear plugs to bed because my bedroom is down the hall from the kitchen and the fridge, and the fridge seems to be getting louder by the day.
I can't believe reasonably quiet refrigerators cannot be manufactured in the 21st century. Oh, and don't get me going on the noisy power vents being used in new homes for gas water heaters and furnaces. If I had known the power vent to my gas water heater was going to be so loud, I would have vented it through a chase into the roof -- but what did I know - I trusted my builder (yeah, bad move).
Anyhow, my mom has a 1960 GE top freezer refrigerator in her kitchen (the one I grew up with) and I never hear a peep out of it. It is still working like a charm (knock on wood) - 24/7/354. And get this...it is still QUIET!
I want her refrigerator.
I want to shoot my NEW supposedly energy efficient loud fridge and replace it with her old non-energy efficient quiet fridge.
Unfortunately, that is not going to happen as she will never give up her fridge (I don't blame her).
So I have decided to buy another NEW refrigerator to replace my noisy one. I need advice on the quietest refrigerators being sold. I don't want to spend thousands of dollars, but I am willing to spend $1000-$1400 for a quiet refrigerator. Unfortunately, there is no good websites with reviews on quiet refrigerators (I guess noise doesn't bother many people - but with today's open floor plans you would think noisy refrigerators would drive other people up a wall - guess not).
Can anyone give me some feedback on which new refrigerators are the quietest?
Thanks in advance.