I have an old (35 years) Sears 'Coldspot' refrigerator which is used as a
second appliance in the basement. It has done excellent service but has now
failed (it threw the circuit breaker); There is a short at the plug.
I am assuming the worst in that the compressor unit may have failed. Before
I call in a Sears service guy can anyone guess the price of a replacement
Not worth fixing. Trust me.
The best thing to do is look in your local paper for someone that is selling
a used one. People that are moving or ones that just remodeled there kitchen
will usually get rid of it for a decent price. Sometimes for less than $100.
It will probably cost you $300-$500 to replace a compressor.
Don't get in a big hurry to jump on the first one you see. Since you are not
replacing your main refrigerator, you can do some "shopping".
You can get a new refrigerator for free. Seriously, I had an old small
refrigerator for the basement and finally got rid of it. I replaced it with
the cheapest 18 cu ft. frost free I could find and it was $400. My electric
bill dropped enough that in just over three years I got payback on my new
fridge. Bigger and more efficient.
Repair is probably going to be $300 or more if they can even get a
compatible compressor. Be done with it and save money.
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