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mberstell

08:59AM | 08/28/09
Member Since: 09/12/08
3 lifetime posts
If refrigerators' thermostats allowed the temperature to go down more before cycling on, the noises that occur when it cycles on and off would happen less frequently. This would be greatly appreciated especially when reading or trying to fall asleep.

Is there any way to adjust a refrigerator's thermostat to do this?

Are there any refrigerators that are particularly quiet?

DanO

06:12PM | 08/28/09
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** the noises that occur when it cycles on and off **

That would be the compressor starting and stopping.

** If refrigerator's thermostat allowed the temperature to go down more before cycling on... **

You mean if it allowed the temperature *to rise* (ie. go UP). (going down would be colder)

If you let food get too warm (or allow it to warm up and then cool again cyclically), food will not last as long. As close to as steady a temperature is best for food longevity and safety.

** Is there any way to adjust a refrigerator's thermostat

to do this? **

You can turn it to a warmer setting thereby making it run less (of course it will be warmer inside as well). You can not alter the temperature differential between cut on and off temperatures and it would not be wise to do so.

** Are there any refrigerators that are particularly quiet? **

If you're talking about just a bar-size refrigerator, you could look into an absorption model like often found in motor homes. There are some 120 volt versions without a compressor. They make very minimal noise but cool pretty poorly. Don't expect a case of beer to get truly cold in under a day in one. They are likely also 3-4+ times the cost of a conventional refrigerator model.

JMO

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mberstell

07:50AM | 08/29/09
Member Since: 09/12/08
3 lifetime posts
It seems like the refrigerator thermostats are set to cycle on with a one degree change in temperature or less. I'm not a food scientist but it doesn't seem like a three degree change in temperature would hurt food that much. I bet the difference in temperature between the coldest and least cold setting is more than three degrees. I have a have a three foot fridge that used to make a lot of noise and the freezer never got anything completely frozen. For no reason that I can fathom, it now is quieter and the freezer works better.

But I need to get a 30 inch bottom freezer fridge and it's near where I sleep and I want to find something that's very quiet or be able to ajust the thermostat to cycle on less. I'm contemplating adding a switch to turn it off at night without having to open the door. That, I'm sure would not be too good for the food.

DanO

11:22AM | 08/29/09
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** It seems like the refrigerator thermostats are set to cycle on with a one degree change in temperature or less. **

I've never seen a refrigerator thermostat with that small degree of temperature differential. A thermostat also isn't capable of measuring actual food temperature, it measures either air flow temperature into that compartment or evaporator temperature, depending on the design of whatever make and model of refrigerator it is.

** I need to get a 30 inch bottom freezer fridge and it's near where I sleep and I want to find something that's very quiet **

Sorry but I don't know of any models that *I* would be able to sleep next to.

Dan O.


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