We have a relatively new (7 years old) Magic Chef refrigerator in my rent house.
It's a nice unic that cost us around $800 new.
Looks like the compressor has died.
Is it worthwhile fixing this?
My dad can do the work for free, and get the compressor for $150, yet his first
comment was to get a new refrigerator. This from a guy that scavenges old
window units and repairs them for resale ;)
What am I missing here?
Rex in Fort Worth
I would raise hell with Magic Chef, an $800 fridge should not need a
compressor that soon. I had a problem with Frigidaire after approx the
same time and they supplied the part for free (just keep escalating your
problem to the next level supervisor and write letters). Also, look into
Meantime, eat only dried foods that do not have to be refrigerated.
Your plan may work, but it may not be very practical. Besides, the warranty
is usually five years. While not impossible, it is difficult to get
satisfaction after that time.
On Wed, 21 Jan 2004 19:48:58 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@REMOVEtxol.net (Rex B)
Eight years is about the cut off point for repair-replace of a
refrigerator. For $150 you could get another 5 or 10 years service
from it. A new refrigerator will have better energy efficiency,
probably a more quiet unit, and perhaps some new features (temp
controlled bins, beverage dispenser, etc) that will serve you better.
Of course, if your Dad does the work what will you do in return?
If the compressor fried, then it is not worth the effort. Reclaiming the gas
and oil may be contaminated. If so you will need a new compressor, filter,
and condensing coils, inside the box and outside.
If you want a project go ahead. As for a used compressor I would not even
consider that idea. They are sealed units and you would never know for how
long it was going to work.
Good luck with your decision
I have a magic chef fridge with freezer on top,only part i changed in 10 yrs
was this defrost timer thing,after the fridge shut off would keep ticking and
making weird noises.So i say get a second opinion.
Key words: Looks like
Are you sure? Some things may be wrong that lead you to believe it is the
compressor, but it may not be. If it is repairable under $150, it would be
worth fixing. Much above that, it gets you looking at new.
This is Turtle.
I have changed maybe a thousand compressors through the years for customers
and I never really seen any good results by doing so. there will be some
good results but most are not. I don't change anymore but this is from the
Now one point here. if your going to replace the compressor with a
universial compressor. Expect hell. If you change it. Go OEM and you may get
by on a good job.
For the most part, manufacturers have turned most appliances into
throwaway items. For example, I bought a new washer recently because
it needed a new motor. A replacement motor would have cost me about
$150 or so. Not worth fixing a mid 1980's washer at those prices
when I can get a new washing machine for the low $300's.
On 22 Jan 2004 06:55:00 -0800, scott firstname.lastname@example.org (Childfree Scott) wrote:
|For the most part, manufacturers have turned most appliances into
|throwaway items. For example, I bought a new washer recently because
|it needed a new motor. A replacement motor would have cost me about
|$150 or so. Not worth fixing a mid 1980's washer at those prices
|when I can get a new washing machine for the low $300's.
Thanks all for the input.
I need to chase down the original docs on the off-chance there is a warranty.
Rex in Fort Worth
On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:32:08 -0600 (CST), email@example.com (m Ransley) wrote:
|For rental apts I often buy used and get a 30 day warranty, It has been
I've been looking at that.
The renter is my daughter and her husband, so I'd pay a little more than if it
were a stranger.
Rex in Fort Worth
Check what was said. Throwaway, ok. But mid 80s means a 17
year old washers. And a washing machine is mostly motor.
6 years for a refrigerator isn't long. So it depends on what
your model is like. The price of a compressor is probably
about the same whether your refrigerator is a $300 model or
a $1200 model. If you have a cheaper refrigerator it IS
likely that having someone repair your refrigerator isn't
How do you know it's the compressor? I can think of several other components
that would cause the comp to stop running:
I'm curious what logic or reasoning you used to conclude the comp is shot.
Christopher A. Young
Jesus: The Reason for the Season
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