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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The compressor, which is the heart of the sealed system, is that big black steel ball in the back of the unit. Inside is a little pump that is suspended by three or four springs. One of your springs is broken, and when the compressor shots off it bangs against the inside of that ball.
A replacement compressor is no longer available, and even if it were, the repair would cost would be too much to put into a 15 year old unit. ($600-700 min.)
There's no way to tell how long it will run. I've heard stories that ranged from days to years. This should give you time to do a little research on a new unit, and formulate a plan for immediate food transfer if it fails.
There are a lot of sources for the research, but I always suggest people call a couple of service centers that are factory authorized on several brands. You can usually catch a road tech in the shop shortly after opening time, and they will have an opinion to share. I favor the plain jane mechanical twist-the-knob thermostat vs electronics, no water/ice, thanks. But that's just me.
Also check the warranty. Most have gone to the one year and then you lose. Extended warranty?
More research there.
Hope this helps you out, and good luck.
Posted on Mar 06, 2011
Compressor is the sound you hear and it sound as if it is about to bite the big one. The sound is the piston hitting the top of the housing. Hope this helps Good luck on your repairs
Posted on Sep 15, 2009
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