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Freezer not cold enough...I tried cleaning vent for fan because it was filthy...I had a feeling the compressor was overheating....touched compressor, hot to touch....freezer started to get progressively warmer over one week period...to the point that ice cubes started melting...called in repair person, opened inside panel of fridge...no frost on coil...frost up to thermostat...was told the compressor is shot and is time for a new fridge...is this correct?

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  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith May 11, 2010

    What brand and model number is your refrig ? Is the fan cooling the compressor working ? Do you hear occasional clicking from the compressor ?

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Sounds like he was right. If it not to old you could try some freon. But if there is a leak. you won't ever find it. Make sure that the coils on the outside are clean. they may be under the unit. If there is a fan the make sure it is running. and try it again. if that's not it. IT'S TIME...LOL

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Sound like the gas has escaped so may be cheaper to buy a new one as the radiator on the back should be hot exchanging the heat from the freezer to the radiator & cooling the freezer!
hope this helps, but I say buy a new one as you could have other problems & end up spending more money !

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