Question about Whirlpool ED5VHGXM Side by Side Refrigerator
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.
<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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