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Freezer has suddenly gone warm-ish, nowhere near warm enough to freeze its contents. Have looked everything over, and all look to be in great condition. The black compressor feels warm. It's model 596.75509400.

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  • mignolan Feb 02, 2010

    Well, aside from it being dusty and cobweb-y in the back, when I took the panel off, everything looks good -- shiny, clean, dry, etc. -- so it's not (I think, of course) an issue with things being dirty. The compressor buzzes every couple of minutes, and then clicks ... it sounds like clicks "off".

    If it is the compressor, is replacing it something I can do myself? It looks like there's some soldering involved, which would make it out of my comfort range.


  • mignolan Feb 02, 2010

    Well, aside from it being dusty and cobweb-y in the back when I
    took the panel off, everything looks good -- shiny, clean, dry, etc. --
    so it's not (I think, of course) an issue with things being dirty. The
    compressor buzzes every couple of minutes, and then clicks ... it sounds
    like clicks "off".

    If it is the compressor, is replacing it
    something I can do myself? It looks like there's some soldering
    involved, which would make it out of my comfort range.

  • mignolan Feb 02, 2010

    What would a job like that cost? Might I save by ordering the compressor myself? (I see a hundred dollar or so range in the prices at various parts suppliers.)

  • mignolan Feb 02, 2010

    Hmm. I guess the issue is whether I'd be confident enough that it's the compressor in need of replacement to make that investment. Is that right? Or perhaps get a repair person in to see what they say, and get his/her price for the piece? Would they have one on hand, or have same-day ordering?

  • mignolan Feb 02, 2010

    You think that the capacitor and relay would be manageable to replace myself? And maybe start there? I really appreciate your help with this.

  • mignolan Feb 02, 2010

    Is there a parts supplier you'd recommend?

  • mignolan Feb 02, 2010

    Heatman101 was very helpful and patient when responding to my (often somewhat repetitive) questions. Thank you.

  • mignolan Feb 03, 2010

    Hey there, me again. At one point you wrote, "before you know it you spent as much as a new one would cost" -- do you mean that a better solution would be to have the repair person fix (recondition?) the existing compressor?

    Additonally -- a new status of the fridge. We unplugged it for a day or two, and I tried replugging it. When I did, it seemed (and continues to seem) to work just fine. Is this symptomatic of anything?


    Thanks again!


    Michael



  • mignolan Feb 03, 2010

    Good -- thank you.

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Hello,
The problem could be that you lost the charge or freon from the unit. That can leak very slowly and you may never know it's gone till you are running warm. Also finding the leak is darn near impossible in a refrigerator. And it will work until it goes over the edge so to speak and then it will suddenly get warm.
The other possibilty would bea very dirty condenser coil... I have a tip about that here

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4024657-refrigerator_condenser_coil_cleaning

Heatman101

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    D. Floyd Kolb Feb 02, 2010

    Yeah, replacing the compressor is a job for a Pro. And you need special equipment to get the freon out, vacum the lines and new compressor and recharge it.

    You could change the capacitor and relay first a see if it works. Sometimes one of those components will go bad and the compressor will not start then. It's about a 50/50 shot.

    The buzzing and clicks you are hearing is the compressor trying to start.

    Check this tip out for that...



    http://www.fixya.com/support/r4023749-re...



    http://www.fixya.com/support/r3907570-bu...



    Heatman101

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Feb 02, 2010

    You may save some by getting the compressor yourself... the labor and such for the change out will be a few hundred depending on what part of the country you are in. Labor rates are so varied in different locations...

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Feb 02, 2010

    The relay and cap. are not that much money, I would give them a shot first, before the compressor change out...

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Feb 02, 2010

    Again it depends...very few will have the compressor these days... just too many to stock.... Is it worth it??? Again I would get a completely installed price BEFORE they start...some get you hooked and before you know it you spent as much as a new one would cost... be careful!!

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Feb 02, 2010

    Yes, you can do that yourself... just a couple of wires to switch...make sure you mark where they go first...or just replace them from one to the other one at a time...

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Feb 02, 2010

    Do a search for appliance parts...Then check out number of the sites... some will have better pricing then others and I have not found one that is consistently the best price...



    http://www.fixya.com/support/r3907570-bu...

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Feb 03, 2010

    Hi,

    The comment I made was to keep you from spending too much to replace the compressor on an old unit. Sometimes people do not get a price before they give the go ahead to replace and then regret it once thet get the repair bill. All I meant was for you to get a hard repair price BEFORE going ahead with a replacement.



    By unplugging the refrigerator you gave the compressor time to cool down. I may work for a long time now or it could stop again at any time... If you happen to use it alot or are in and out of it a lot you may experience the failure again. Bottom line is that you are probably looking at a replacement of at least the compressor sometime in the not to distant future...



    Heatman101

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