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Question DetailsAsked on 4/15/2015

Should I repair my l0 year old refrigerator or replace it?

My refrigerator freezer or refrigerator will not cool.

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If you click on the Appliance link right below your question, you can find a number of prior questions with answers on this- including instructions on how to clean the fan and coils behind/under your reefer if they are dirty, which is probably the most common cause of this. Also make sure the bottom of your freezer is not iced solid.


My usual recommendation, assuming the breaker has not tripped out and the compressor still runs, is to have an Appliance Repair - Large (your Search the List category) repairman come and look at for typically $70-125. If a major repair like compressor then decide whether to repair or not- but even with that, typically not more than about $400-450 complete, you are still spending less than half the cost of a normal reefer, which would normally last 20-30 years. And most reefer repairs run more like about half that cost.


Of course, the food spoilage issue comes into it - a new reefer will commonly be delivered in 1-2 days so you can use bagged ice and dry ice (in reefer/freezer) to keep the food cold that long; a major repair may take a week or so if parts have to be ordered from out of town so thatmight influence your decision.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD




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