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What does it mean when a refrigerator stops making noises?

Asked by xTheDreamer (845 points ) November 5th, 2011

I bought a Whirlpool Arc 104 refrigerator a few days ago. When I plugged it in, it made noises. Now it suddenly stopped making noises, there’s no sound at all. The light inside is still working when I open the fridge door and it’s still cold inside but it has only stop making noises a few minutes ago.

I remember back at my parents’ home our fridge would make noises and then stop then back again after a half an hour or so. But is that the same with this fridge or is something wrong?

I hope there’s nothing wrong with it or else that sucks.
Does fridge pause of making noises sometimes or something?

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ZEPHYRA's avatar

Perhaps its NO FROST function was doing some work and now that it’s settled it makes no noise. You’ll probably start hearing noises again after a short period of time.
Why don’t you go to the store and ask if it’s normal?

Judi's avatar

It may have finally gotten down to the proper temperature and doesn’t need to work so hard now.

john65pennington's avatar

If your fridge has an icemaker, this could be the souce of the noise to begin with. Once the water is drawn and the cubes are frozen, the icemaker will shut itself off.

Most refrigerators are good for 16 years. It starts and stops more than any other appliance in your home. Be sure to get the dust out from underneath it.. This is where fires start.

I would keep a watch on your new fridge for a few days. If the inside temp begins to rise, you need to have it checked out.

Be sure to do this before the warranty runs out. jp

janbb's avatar

Yes – they often do cycle in and out of making noise. Ours does. If it is still cold and the light is on in a few hours, you are fine.

CWOTUS's avatar

All refrigerators “work” by a process of “pumping heat” from the inside of the box (including the freezer) to a compressor / condenser outside of the box which gives off heat in the condenser coils (which can be on the bottom of the box, as @john65pennington suggests, or sometimes in a vertical array on the back – though this isn’t so common on modern appliances). When the compressor is operating (because the sensors inside the freezer or refrigerator compartments sense a need to remove some excess heat), then it makes a sort of humming noise, as any functional pump will. On a modern appliance you won’t hear that unless you’re close to it, or unless the dwelling is absolutely silent otherwise and you have good hearing.

On the other hand, as others have also suggested, the modern machines with ice-making capability make more noise: the water runs intermittently as new layers of ice are made in the ice-building chamber / tray, and the crushers work if you have chosen (and have an option for) crushed ice dispensing, and the entire tray makes and ejects ice until the sensor that says “stop making ice; the tray is full” signals the process to halt until the ice is consumed. The ice making, ejecting and dispensing process is pretty loud – and until enough ice is made and stored in the freezer, it can be an ongoing (though not “continuous”) process.

So if you’ve just purchased the machine, and especially if you’ve recently loaded it with hot / warm / room-temperature perishables, then the machine will work to attain its operating temperature. That process normally won’t take more than a couple of hours, even from a standing (room temperature) start. The ice-making process can take longer, especially if you’re using the ice as it is created.

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JLeslie's avatar

It has a thermostat, so when it reaches the desired temps it shuts off, just like air conditioning in your house. Then as the temp rises the system starts a cooling cycle again.

prioritymail's avatar

Probably the compressor cycling on and off like others have said. When it reaches setpoint, it goes off. Then it warms up again inside and it goes on again until it brings temp back down to setpoint. Repeat cycle.

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