This fridge is for sale cheap on Craigslist, because the current owner says there is a broken line that they can't find and they want rid of the fridge regardless. It came from a scratch and dent warehouse and may have been stored for a long time in the cold, hence the suspected diagnosis.
I'm told there is a foam that can be used to seal any and all line leaks. Is this a viable repair option please?
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Re: Brken line in an almost new fridge
First thing is to go to the MGF website,some times you can check the warranty and see when it was made, if it does then you wil know if there telling you the truth about how old it is,you will need model and serial#s,,as for broken line,I hope your talking the door water line, if you are the best thing is to get new line unless the brake is in a spot that you can get to,if not attach the new and old together with a step connector, at the back of fridge,add a dab of glue on both so they do not separate when pulling the new one through,now just pull the new one through until it shows,make sure there is extra on both sides so you can cut the connector off and still have line to reconnect it in back and in the door.If your talking pump line,, I would not by it.Most stores and sears have massive sales now.
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In my experience, the answer is almost always 'more than what the fridge is worth', unless you have an expensive fridge. Part of the problem is that it's not just the compressor. it's having the gear and expertise to swap it out, or hiring a competent refrigeration tech to do this for you. Some care has to be taken to get the lines completely vacuumed out of any air before putting the new refrigerant in, or you'll have a new compressor headed to bad cooling right off the bat. There's often some brazing and soldering also involved getting the old lines de-coupled and the new ones hooked up.
Baseline on the compressor is likely between $200 and $500, depending on the model and the vendor.
Possibly not the best news, but I've heard this from refrigeration techs a couple of times. With my last full sized KitchenAid that died after about 9 years of use, he pointed out that I could get the same fridge on Craigslist, used, for about $100. Even with the panache of recycle/re-use, I couldn't justify another $600 to fix the old one.
Without a brand model number - specific help will be impossible.
These are the things I suggest - but cant tell you exactly where the parts are located or how to access them. Try vacuuming dust and dirt from the condenser coils on the back or under side of the fridge.
If the freezer is getting warm too - the cooling coils behind the back wall may be clogged with ice due to a defective defrost circuit timer, heater or temperature sensor.
I do not know your skill set - so I suggest simply transferring the contents of the fridge and freezer to another and then unplugging the fridge and allow to defrost for 24 hours. Stuff some towels on the floor of the freezer and fresh food compartments to wick up water from melting ice.
After defrosting, plug into power again. It should cool down quickly if empty. Monitor temperature and cycling of the compressor. Expect it to turn on and off with temperature rising and falling inside. If it continues to run non-stop you probably have a refrigerant leak and are now undercharged. Many fridges aren't designed to be recharged (but can be if you want to pay for a charge port to be soldered in the suction line) so it may or may not be worth your while pursuing repair (depending on age, etc.) when used fridges can be had on craigslist, yard sale sites, etc. often times for under $100.
If it cycles on and off you probably have a defrost issue. The fridge will work well but - will gradually start doing this again. You can handle the problem like this, buy another fridge, or delve into troubleshooting the defrost circuit. Come back here with your findings and make and model fridge and we can step through the process then.
You need to check for water flow. Is the water flowing when you try to get water at the door? Can you hear it running? If not than it is probably your water valve on the back of the fridge where all the water lines come together at the bottom. If you do hear water running, where is it going? Pull the fridge out and watch the back while you or someone else tries to get water.. You probably have a broken water line. If it is the water valve it is very easy to replace. Unplug the fridge and turn off the water to fridge. The cardboard bottom guard on the back comes off with a 5/16 nut driver. The water valve is blue and has two sets of wires hooked to it. Should also have a 5/16 screw holding it in. Remove the screw. Take a picture of the wires or label them. Unplug the wires and then the tricky part. The water lines come out by pushing in on a little ring right around the tube at the valve. Push in on the ring and while pushing in, pull out the tube.Go get a new water valve and do the reverse to install. Just push the tubes all the way in, no need to push on the ring again. If it is a broken water line then you will need to get more tubing and replace the broken stuff. Do not forget to plug the fridge back in while you get a new water valve or tubing! The wires will be ok.
Please contact your authourised service / sales office closest to you for registering the complaint. Since the door is broken it can be sourced only from the LG dealer and so there can be nothing we can do about unless the fridge is very old and you can mend it otherwise for the time being without spending a large sum. So confirmt he ccost of a new doodr to the cost of exchanging your fridge and work out. Hope you try this out. Good day
The system will definitely have to be recharged; the escaped gas was under pressure and you cannot remove the evaporator without losing its charge.
Since labor costs are not cheap, you might consider looking at craigslist for your area and buy a used one.
Even new, they are mostly around $100 US which might be $30 higher than your planned evaporator swap.
compressor is broken if you are under warranty you can get it replaced. if not you should buy another one cause compressors are expensive to replace. costs about the price of a new refrigerator. you can try getting a used one from classifieds or craigslist.com
Although I feel you have checked all the fuses associated with your unit, there are other things that would keep the voltage from the compressor. When your refrigerator starts, power is applied to the start windings of the compressor via a starting relay. Once the compressor is started the relay switches to the run windings. In series of the start relay is an overload device preventing too much current draw. It may be possible that either your relay is broken, or your overload is not closing for some reason. You can buy these starting components for fairly cheap. So to answer your question, no there aren't any more fuses, but there is the overload.