I have 1956 Westinghouse fridge vintage but recently the compressor stop and do not want to kick again. It was very hot & look like completly jammed. Can we replace it and if yes, I would like to replace it by something less noisy if it is possible.
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Re: Compressor fridge 1956 dead!
<grin> Not under warranty any more?
Compressors have changed some since that was built but they still do the same basic job; turn a gas into a liquid so that the circulating liquid can remove heat from the unit while expanding into a gas again.
The coolant current units use is also different but serves the same purpose so I would say your old friend can be repaired.
Compressors range from ~$120 to double that (+ coolant cost) and labor is unpredictable since we don't know where you live but it is about a two-hour job.
I would guesstimate between $300-$400 US - if it is quoted at lower than that, even better.
If you are in the US, check your local Better Business Bureau website for an honest service company and if more than one is listed, I'd call to get a preliminary bid on the repair.
You might inspect the condition of the gasket since a hardened one that no longer fits flush can cost a couple of bucks a month for lost energy by running the compressor longer than should be necessary.
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Richard, It is important to know if the compressor itself is running. If there is a loose connection to the compressor via the start/over load relay (normally attaches directly onto the compressor), or if the start/over load otself is bad the compressor will not run. Best way to tell is via gauges but I doubt your frig has ports. Check to see if your compressor is really hot. Could be bad start/over load relay or bad compressor. Try unplugging your frig for say 30 min then, with your hand on top of a cool compressor, plug the frig back in and see if compressor smoothly vibrates for at least 5 min without becoming very hot or shutting off even though fan continues to run. The fact your fan is running TYPICALLY means the thermostat is calling for lower temps and the fan/compressor kick in together.
Your unit is shorted out, check power cord and wiring on lower back of unit.
It may be the compressor shorted out.
If you have a pet, they some times remove wire insulation.
Turn unit so you can see the compressor housing on the bottom of the unit's back, you may need to emove the cover. turn breaker on and check if the small fan and the compressor kicked in. If the compressor did not start, and the breaker tripped again call a service tech to check unit.
Don't know the model/brand off the top of my head...
But: If the compressor is warm/hot, but nothing is happening, I ask this: Even if the fridge is not cooling, is the compressor running, or dead silent? If silent, but warm, do you hear a "Click" every so often ? Maybe 3 to 5 minutes apart, followed shortly by a 2nd click ? If so, most likely the compressor has seized, and this is the over-current trip acting (thermal, so it needs time to cool). Big problem if it is the compressor (expensive).
The only other thing that might cause a similar occurrence, would be if the compressor has a Start capacitor. If this has died, the compressor will not turn - just sit there getting warmer, as the over-current trip acts.
If it was a dead thermostat, the compressor wouldn't get power, and would be cold.
When you heard the click and the compresor stops ,check if it's very hot , if yes the compresor is of on overload and this could happend because 1 the condenser coil is dirty ,2 the relay is bad or 3 the compresor has a problem .Also check if behind the kick plate there's a timer (some units have it there or next to the cold control ) that could cause a problem too.
(bad news) Repair man came today and said the compressor has died ;- (
(good news) Westinghouse will replace compressors less than 5 years old with a new one, just ring them with your serial number (inside front door) or supply a receipt and you only have to pay for the labour ;-)
If the fan inside the freezer is running and the compressor behind the fridge is running and is hot to touch, you have a gas problem or the compressor is inefficient. This can only be confirmed by connecting refrigeration gauges to the gas system and should only be performed by a fridge tech.