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RF Concern about new Whirlpool Refrigerator
March 16, 2015
6:51 pm
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Allie Miles
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I just bought a Whirlpool Refrigerator from Lowe’s. One feature is dubbed ‘6th sense Temperature Control’. That means the fridge has internal sensors which sense when the fridge needs cooled down more, etc. Other models have what’s called ‘6th sense live Technology’ where the fridge connects to the smart grid via wifi internet or smart meter.

I called Whirlpool to be sure the 6th sense temp. control is not wireless and they said it has no wifi connective capability so I assume it isn’t emitting any RF radiation. Does anyone know for sure?

Another feature is something called ‘fresh flow’. It’s an air filter to help produce stay fresher longer. The filter contents sound a bit toxic and say ‘irritant’ on them so that worries me as well.

One final question, would a stainless steel fridge cause RF/emf rays to increase in my home due to metal conducting electricity? Would a white (plastic?) fridge be a safer option?

May 10, 2017
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I have never measured Wifi to come out of a fridge.
You need a meter to be sure if you don’t trust the company. Check the manual as well, usually something should be mentioned in the manual. Wifi usually has to be connected.. login/password provided.

I tried some of those filter pouch things that came with my fridge and there wasn’t much of a difference in food freshness. I chose not to use it just to be safe, but in the end, it’s your choice. I doubt there have been studies on that, but if there are I would also be interested.

A stainless steel fridge should generally not cause a problem, unless somehow an electric field has been connected to the metal part wrongly. I have never seen this in fridges, although it was common on old silver Mac laptops.
I have measured a few fridges and they do not give off EMF fields that go very far or are very strong. Generally at 1-2meters away they are no longer measurable, and even very close by, the level is not very high.
Dishwashers are another story, those can be very high emitting.

What I think is more important is the dirty electricity fridges give off. A GS meter would tell you how much. I plug my fridge in a surge protector bar, which filters dirty electricity. This way the fridge cannot send it’s dirty electricity to the rest of the house.
Most surge protecting power bars have at least a little bit of a dirty electricity/EMI filter capacity.

May 10, 2017
3:38 pm
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Hi sailplane, welcome to the forum. I would agree with everything you say, and just to add
I would certainly be asking questions about any Whirlpool (or other) appliance, based on
http://www.independent.co.uk/l…..61189.html
https://arstechnica.co.uk/gadg…..verything/
and the IBM-er’s comments at 1’45” into this video

Some of this may be a 5G thing, ie not wifi as we know it, so maybe not an immediate problem. And I would agree that the only way to be sure that your appliance is not radiating is to check with a meter, as suppliers, sales people etc cannot be trusted. But existing meters probably won’t pick up 5G…….

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