My refrigerator is buzzing loudly. I rent. What can I do?
October 1, 2012 8:52 AM Subscribe
The refrigerator in my apartment is buzzing loudly but otherwise works. I rent. What can I do about it?
posted by Asparagus to home & garden (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently moved into a new apartment and the refrigerator makes a loud buzzing noise but is otherwise functional as far as keeping food cool. But the buzzing is annoying -- I can hear it from across the room or even in the other room if the door is not closed. It starts and stops throughout the day but is buzzing more often than not (I think the only time it isn't buzzing is when it's not running). I am able to make it stop by turning down the cooling level to low or off but it always starts up again after 10-15 minutes.
From my Internet research on the issue it sounds like this may be due to a problem with the fan and/or compressor. The refrigerator is 15 years old (manufactured in 1997).
I asked my landlord about this but she said that it "should be fine," and to let her know if it starts to lose functionality.
I would feel better if she at least had a repairman come check on it, but given that it's technically functional, does she have the right to refuse to do this? If so, is there anything I can do on my own?