Two weeks ago, my new refrigerator was delivered. I noticed that it was
making odd noises, so I called Sears. The repair guy noticed that the fan
was not working, and the noise was from the compressor getting too hot and
straining. In fact, the fan was completely off, having never been attached
during assembly. So he attached it and now the unit works fine. But my
question is whether having run the refrigerator for two weeks with no fan
might have harmed the compressor or shortened its life. I would consider
asking Sears to replace it. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.
I wouldn't be too concerned about it. The compressor has
its own limit 'thermostat', and would've been doing what
we call 'short-cycling' on and off on that to prevent major
damage. I've seen them do this for quite a while with no
apparent ill effects (usually when the condenser coil's
allowed to get clogged with lint).
In any case, you have a 5 year warranty on the compressor,
and many aren't lasting that long anyway <sigh>, especially
if they're the rather famous 'Embraco' brand.
That's my $.02 worth. Hope it's of some help to you.
Dave's Repair Service
New Albany, PA
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This is Turtle.
This may have put a little wear on the compressor but as service work goes it is
not really a big deal as to causing problems in the future. One thing you may
want to concider here. If the compressor can make it throught 2 weeks of short
cycling. You know you have a good compressor to make it throught it. If it will
not fail under a test like this you may want to keep this one for it being run
through a very hard testing of it.
Thanks to both Turtle and Dave for responding. I'm inclined to just let it
go. It is disappointing to learn that some compressors aren't lasting 5
years. I have a GE fridge that works fine with a 14-year old compressor.
This is Turtle.
A G/E refrigerator made 14 years ago was made very soundly. I would expect maybe
25 to 30 years out of it. Now a refrigerator made today I would expect and that
is hopefully you may get 10 years out of them. Now the only one I would expect
maybe more than 10 years out of would be a Whirlpool or Roper brand. Now also
they have cheapen thier stuff up but I think it has not effected the longivity
of their equipment yet but still looking.
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