Perhaps, once he has determined that the solution is beyond his ability, of
course. Don't be bustin his ass because he's making
that effort. Furthermore, we in this group HELP, unlike those responders at
Well, here's a little update.
After 36 hours of sitting without power, the fridge would not start,
the compressor motor buzzes and shuts off in 20 seconds or so.
So, presumptively, the compressor is seized. I want to know how much
would it cost to replace it, by a fridge repair professional of
Iggy, if you have ever listened to my advice, take this one:
Toss it and get another, either used or new. You can get a used one for
what the compressor will cost, and all the system is as old as the
compressor, and next month it will be a coil, or a whizzit that might fry
your new compressor. They only have 30-90 day warranties (replace, but you
pay labor , translated, HOW MUCH YOU GOT) You'll get a better deal on the
I went through what you went through three times. I would NEVER EVER have a
refrigerator rebuilt. Others have had different experiences, I'm just
telling you what I would do at MY house in the same circumstances. Once the
word "compressor" comes into the conversation, it changes everything, like
"pregnant" or "STD". Cut your losses, get another, and use all this time
doing you are now wasting doing something constructive. If you had done
this three days ago, this would almost be a memory right now.
Guys who do appliance repair are either talented individuals who understand
complex systems with lots of controls, or are the ones who couldn't make it
in HVAC school. And to fail HVAC school is comparable to failing a
urinalysis. They're both that easy.
Heart surgery pending?
Read up and prepare.
Learn how to care for a friend.
Household full size refrigerators. Not relatives, and I've got very
few concubines, or wives. Couldn't have any fewer, actually. 1/4 plus,
or 1/3 HP. Did a 10k BTU AC compressor a couple weeks ago. I suggested
to get another whole unit from Walmart, but he aparently liked this
Largest I've done has been a 2 HP for a walk in cooler.
I think the largest freezer I ever worked on belonged to a bakery and
it was the size of a basketball court. Forklift doors and 20' high
pallet racks were in that darn thing. It was a lot of fun getting way
up in the air to work on the multiple evaporators. Believe it or not,
it's easier to work on than a little freezer, you can get to every part.
Yes, I can imagine that being easier to work on. One of my regular gas
and go customers has a walk in refrigerator. Naturally, it leaks at
the nut for the TXV. The folks who designed the cooler allowed about
two inches from the end of the evap to the wall. I get to tighten the
nut while standing on crates of soda pop, and balancing a miror,
wrench, minimag, and trying to not fall.
If the job was easy, anyone could do it! ;-)
I would have traded you jobs back in the '70s when I had to stand
inside TV transmitter in full operation to adjust the interstage
coupling. Nothing like standing on a 3 KV power supply with a fault
current in excess of 10KA while bending the wire loops with a piece of
nylon rod. :(
Politicians should only get paid if the budget is balanced, and there is
enough left over to pay them.
A locksmith I used to know. Says "You can do the job, and they can't.
That's why they call you. And you got to charge em for it."
That nylon rod bit sounds like you want to be careful what you're
There is an old parable in the electronics service industry
that goes something like this:
A person has an expensive piece of electronics equipment
that is not working correctly. He calls the repair center
and the next day a repairman shows up. He looks at the
symptoms, removes the back cover, gets out a screwdriver and
makes an adjustment inside. The equipment works perfectly
again. He submits the bill:
Repair expensive electronic equipment. Total $100.
The customer shouts, "That is outrageous! All you did is
make an adjustment inside." The repairman takes back the
bill and writes a new one:
Adjust expensive electronic equipment $1,
Knowing what to adjust $99,
Some decades ago, I heard the same joke. But it was a steam
locomotive, and two taps for buck each. Knowing, $998.
A locksmith I knew. Got a rush call to open a car, guy had to be to
the airport. Having opened several of those, the locksmith knew which
tool, how far into the window, and in which direction to go. As he was
reaching into the car to recover the keys, the guy hollered. "Forty
bucks! I'm not going to pay you forty bucks... for.... THAT!!!"
Locksmith threw the keys back in, and started to walk off. After some
begging, the locksmith relented, and opened the car a second time.
Now, the bill is up to $80. Me, I am not that heartless.
On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 17:45:23 -0400, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I once had a girlfriend who had custody of a 16-year old kid, whose dad
bought him a brand-new pickup truck, as an abseentee parent bribe or
whatever. He locked his keys in it. We called a locksmith, who was an
off-duty cop, and went out to watch him pick the lock. The guy was
poking around and poking around, and we kind of got lost in conversation;
we had wanted to see him pick the lock. Well, after about 10 minutes of
this, we were all thoroughly distracted, he said, "Well, it doesn't seem
to be working here - let me try the other side." Before any of us clued
up and thought to chase him to the other side of the truck, he had the
lock picked in about three seconds.
I was rather saddened that I didn't get to see how it was done. )-;
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