Wine fridges have become an incredibly popular item in recent years, allowing wine lovers to store their bottles in optimum conditions without having to worry about temperature or humidity spoiling the wine.
For some people though, these fridges can be uncomfortably noisy, preventing them from leaving the unit on while they sleep or entertain guests late into the evening.
If you’re one of these people, you might wonder how to make wine fridge quieter so that you can enjoy your favourite bottle of Merlot at any time of day or night.
1) Change the location
If you have an option of placing your refrigerator where there are fewer walls and more space, do so. That way, the sound won’t echo as much as it would if you were sticking it in a corner between two other things (which is what most people do).
It also helps if you can place your refrigerator where there aren’t any appliances or electronic devices around, such as microwaves or TVs that could add even more ambient noise into the room.
If it isn’t much else you can do here besides finding a nice open spot to put your refrigerator in, go ahead and get a double-paned door for better insulation from both heat and sound inside of that unit! It may cost a little bit more upfront but will definitely be worth it!
2) Clean out any extra bottles
If you’ve got a lot of bottles cluttering up your small space, chances are that you don’t have much air circulation inside.
The more open spaces you can clear out in your fridge, the better off you’ll be—that includes both physical space and empty bottles! Cleaning out those extra bottles will also help improve airflow by eliminating obstructions. It’s as simple as that.
3) Move it away from walls
The first step to quieting down a wine fridge is lining all its inner surfaces with acoustic padding. This helps deaden sound waves and create a softer, less reverberant environment for your bottles of vino (and whatever else you want chilled).
To get started, cut out several foam pieces from an egg crate mattress pad using an X-acto knife and glue them into place inside your refrigerator using contact cement.
Once everything is dry, test for acoustical dampening by tapping on various parts of the interior surface; in most cases, you’ll notice that sound reverberates less than before when you hit it (or use a piece of scrap wood). If necessary, add more padding until you can no longer feel or hear any vibrations coming from within.
4) Use acoustic padding
Simple soundproofing, like acoustic foam, can greatly reduce noise by absorbing unwanted waves. A good rule of thumb is that each inch of foam has the potential to reduce noise levels by around 5 decibels (dB).
If you’re unsure of how much space you need, simply measure how big your wine refrigerator is and do some basic math with a tape measure—it’s easy!
For example, a wine refrigerator with dimensions 18 inches wide x 24 inches long x 16 inches high would need an extra 4 inches of foam in each dimension for good sound insulation. That’s an additional 32 square inches (4×4), or 64 total square inches, that would keep most refrigerator sounds from getting out.
5) Put down some cork flooring
Cork has a great insulating quality, which is why wineries used it for years to keep their wines at a good temperature. If you have a cork floor in your kitchen, you’ll find that it helps keep things like warm floors from affecting your wine collection and keeping it cool.
This will help eliminate some of those noises by keeping things cooler overall. It also adds in an interesting look for when you have guests over!
The best part is that cork is affordable and can be laid down with just about any home improvement tool kit on hand. A few rolls will last you forever, so don’t worry about running out any time soon!
6) Cover up air vents with fabric
One of the easiest ways to reduce noise from a wine fridge is by covering up its air vents. You can do so by taping or gluing down fabric, such as felt, across each vent.
This reduces vibrations that may occur while circulating cool air throughout a cabinet, reducing rattling and other noises within cabinets or nearby objects—like your dishwasher or microwave oven.
You should cover any open areas on both sides of the cabinet with an additional layer of felt; you’ll likely need between one and two yards of material depending on how much noise reduction you want (and have space for).
7) Add felt feet to the bottom
Your first step towards a quieter refrigerator is simple: close the door gently! A loud bang can cause vibrations that throw off air flow and sound levels and create rattling sounds inside the appliance.
Instead, try closing it slowly, letting go gradually—much like you would do with a sensitive airplane door or hatch door on a submarine in a movie.
Unless you plan on storing sensitive items in your beer or wine fridge (like eggs), you’ll probably never notice any difference between opening techniques.
8) Place a board in front of the door
If you have one of those refrigerators that are right up against a wall, place a piece of wood or metal behind it to absorb some of those vibrations.
This can help reduce noise made by vibrations transmitted through the wall, floor and ceiling; all you hear will be coming from inside, which is far less annoying than having your neighbors hear all those rumblings and bumps when you’re uncorking a bottle of bubbly with friends on a Saturday night.
The best way to quiet a loud wine refrigerator is by adding insulation in and around its walls, along with soundproofing materials on its back panel, sides and front door. Steps 5-9 outline how you can do that yourself using fairly cheap supplies from Amazon;
Step 4 explains how you can get someone else (like an appliance repairman) to do that for you instead. If you’re feeling adventurous, I suggest you follow Step 1 as well – it’ll help improve insulation further!
And when all is said and done, if all else fails then maybe just buy a quieter refrigerator instead… there are many that are actually pretty darn good these days!