LOUD brand-new fridge
Our nice, quiet 30-yr-old fridge died, and we bought a new Whirlpool top-freezer one. The compressor makes a penetrating, throbbing buzz that closed doors do not shut out. The noise exceeds 57 decibels and is teeth-gritting, migraine-triggering unpleasant.
We bought the fridge from Home Depot, so we're limited to Whirlpool's one-year warranty. We had a Whirlpool-approved warranty repair guy look at it, and he said the noise is normal for new refrigerators. Whirlpool doesn't publish noise ratings, and we imagine they would cheerfully agree that this is normal.
Are we truly stuck with this noise? Do we have any recourse from Whirlpool?
Various internet sites recommend boxing the thing in with acoustic panels, which would about double the cost of the fridge. Would this approach help much, given the need to maintain air flow around the fridge?
If we have to replace it, are there any reliably quiet fridge models out there? The internet tells me that many other folks have really loud fridges, of several different brands.