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Fan is working on fridge, temperature is set correctly but fridge not cooling. the compressor boiling hot.

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  • karlpaula Oct 24, 2008

    Think the comp has burnt out. Can these be replace easily?

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Is the compressor fan working and the freezer fan working also? if you have a meter you can do a amp draw on the comp.,it sounds like the comp. being so hot your coils under the frig. are real dirty or the comp is about to lra out(burn out) let me know more-mike

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  • MIKE major Oct 24, 2008

    no , you would need torchs a vacum pump silver sodder freon,comp,and access valve,you can get a 1/3 hp comp. on ebay for about $50,the tools you need run about $1,000 unless you know an a/c guy you can borrow from,otherwise junk it,take the icemaker,defrost timer,defrost heater,thermostat and evap fan out and sell them on ebay,hope this info helped you-mike

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