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I've wanted to post this to H/A for several months now but never gotten around to it. Help me satisfy my curiosity!
I moved into my apartment in August 2010. Since the day I moved in, my refrigerator makes a bizarre noise: sometimes, when I close the fridge door, I can hear the very loud gurgle of running water coming from inside. Here are the facts:
This happens when I close my fridge OR my freezer door, but more often with my fridge.
This happens at random. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. The amount of time the fridge door is open doesn't seem to affect it, nor the amount of time between door openings. It seems to occur, on average, about once every four times.
While the water is "pouring", the door is REALLY hard to open. I have to really yank on the door (there's no handle, so I just grab an edge). It's as if the magnet in the door seal suddenly becomes twice as powerful. This is the thing that confuses me the most
If I don't try to open my fridge after I close it, the "pouring" noise goes on for about five or six seconds.
I do not have an ice maker or a water dispenser or anything like that built in.
Nothing is wrong with the fridge or the freezer, and both work perfectly to my satisfaction. The apartment was renovated two years ago and as far as I can remember the fridge (and other appliances) are just as new.
I have a basic understanding about how fridge compressors work but this one is beyond me. I'm pretty sure this isn't a big deal but it's just weird enough that I want to know my landlord won't try to blame me for supposedly breaking my apartment fridge when I move out.