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Old 09-12-20, 01:12 PM
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The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

So, moved to new apartment and when laying down to sleep I noticed, every 15-20 min, the room just buzzes with the pulse. It's not a rumble you can totally feel but a hum, pulse that is certainly present. Weirdly, it only seemed to be near the walls.

After some looking around it seems to be coming from the fridge. It's not an overtly loud fridge but when it clicks on this pulse comes into the bedroom. Weirdly, it doesn't affect the living room which is located on the other side of the wall where the kitchen is.

to add more to this:
-not heard when standing in the room, only laying down on the bed or slightly at my desk chair
-again, seems to be more in the walls. When I place ear to the wall (one side cement, one wall wood), I can hear it

Anybody venture a guess on why this is and how to fix it.
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Iím getting concerned. First a vibrating bed and now a pulsing wall.

I think itís time to move

or see a doctor...
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Originally Posted by MLBFan24 View Post
Iím getting concerned. First a vibrating bed and now a pulsing wall.

I think itís time to move

or see a doctor...
LOL...or an exorcist!

We did eventually figure out the bed issue. The furnace room next to my apartment had a faulty pipe that ran under the floor that needed to be tightened. Every time water was running it rumbled the thin floor. But they said it was going to be a long fix as they had to tear up the floor so offered to move me one floor up which I gladly took.

This is definitely something with the fridge rumbling through the walls but seemingly only certain walls not in the same room as it. :P

(Of course, all this social distancing may have driven me batshit crazy )

(or it's aliens)
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Is it the icemaker cycling?
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Would it help lower the "pulse" if you pulled the fridge away from the wall an inch or two?
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Originally Posted by milo bloom View Post
Is it the icemaker cycling?
It definitely has to do with the fridge cycling as when not on (well, ok it's always on but when not in a 15 minute cycle of whatever it does) it doesn't make the pulse.
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Originally Posted by Bronkster View Post
Would it help lower the "pulse" if you pulled the fridge away from the wall an inch or two?
Right now it's about 3 1/2 inches from the wall the back. On one side is the oven about an inch and a half away from it and the other side is small a bookcase that's part of the structure and that's about 4 inches away.
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

If you’re in California, please just unplug it before it starts another fire that’ll decimate another 200,000 acres.
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

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If youíre in California, please just unplug it before it starts another fire thatíll decimate another 200,000 acres.
No, I'm in Canada but, ack, the mighty redwoods and our maple stock might go up!! Yikes!

(PS: not making light of the fires in Cali...what a shitty year)
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Seems to be coming from the bottom of te fridge and popping my ear to the floor in the kitchen I hear the pulse. Oddly, popping my ear to the wall on the other side of the fridge just a regular fridge hum. It seems to affect the cement wall more than the wood one, and seems to be more prominent when laying down, not standing up.

Weeeeiiirrrd.

I think I'll ask the guy who lives in the apartment underneath if he hears it?
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Any idea how old it is? It could be related to the compressor, possibly needs a cleaning.
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Originally Posted by ViewAskewbian View Post
So, moved to new apartment and when laying down to sleep I noticed, every 15-20 min, the room just buzzes with the pulse. It's not a rumble you can totally feel but a hum, pulse that is certainly present. Weirdly, it only seemed to be near the walls.

After some looking around it seems to be coming from the fridge. It's not an overtly loud fridge but when it clicks on this pulse comes into the bedroom. Weirdly, it doesn't affect the living room which is located on the other side of the wall where the kitchen is.

to add more to this:
-not heard when standing in the room, only laying down on the bed or slightly at my desk chair
-again, seems to be more in the walls. When I place ear to the wall (one side cement, one wall wood), I can hear it

Anybody venture a guess on why this is and how to fix it.
Are you sure you're not one of the final 5 Cylons?
Old 09-12-20, 06:58 PM
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Disconnect the icemaker, if there is one. If that doesn't fix it, have the management buy you a new fridge! Claim that your health is at stake. Or, if it is actually your fridge which you bought with your own money, just buy a new one. I'd consider it money well spent after about a week of that obnoxious hum / pulse.
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Thank goodness I got here in time. Your fridge is possessed by the demon Pazuzu. You must get it out of your house before the corpse of Regan McNeil comes hissing out of the crisper drawer.
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That was one of my favorite episodes of The Big Bang Theory!
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Re: The pulsing fridge (?) conundrum

Fixed! (maybe? )

So, today I popped some thick Styrofoam pieces underneath the thing. It seems to have stopped the pulse going through the floor. The front part of the fridge was on two plastic legs but the back was on small wheels that seemed to be location of the pulse.

While the hum of the fridge is still heard, of course, the weird pulse in the walls/floor seem to cleared or at least muted so it's not maddening.
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