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Refridgerator/B-Freezer not cooling

I've had the evaporator fan and relay switch to the compressor replaced in the last 18 months. Now the compressor is very hot and you can hear it humming to turn on, followed by a click and then nothing.

I'm guessing that the compressor has gone out, but is there anything I can do to confirm?

Also, I am fairly handy. Is changing out the compressor a difficult undertaking? Any special tools needed?

Thanks!

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System refrigerant must be recovered prior to any work done on replacing any part of the sealed system, Recovery unit required at about $750.00. After recovery the compressor lines must be disconnected by heating to a temperature above 1385°F, Torch required , cost about $350. The compressor electrical wires must be disconnected. The motor mounts must be disconnected by removing clips or bolts. The compressor can then be removed. The new compressor can now be installed and the mounts connected. The piping can be cleaned fluxed and re-soldered using a high temperature alloy such as #45 silver solder. #15 if the stub tubes of the compressor are copper. A new system filter/dryer must be installed. Electrical wires must be connected to the new compressor. A deep vacuum must be pulled on the system to remove and air , moisture and non-condensible gases for the internal system. Then you can charge the system by weight to the exact amount shown on the system name plate and the proper tyep of refrigerant.

So the answer is yes it is difficult and requires a good technician to be done properly.

If the unit is out of warranty it is not recommended that the compressor be replaced at you expense.

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