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10 yr old refrig: self-repair,appl.tech,or replace?

dj2

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KitchenAide Model KSRB25QG Refrig., 10 yrs. old, stopped cooling/freezing. The fan works, we detached the start device relay switch and shook it, no rattling sound. The compressor was getting louder and running longer prior to stopping. The local repair place said $67 to diagnose, if it's the switch $150-$200 (maybe less) total to replace, compressor just under $500 (not an option). Is it worth it to try replacing the switch ourselves or are there other problems that could be the cause we wouldn't know about? Or is the above enough info to determine it's the compressor and buy a new refrig.? Any info or help would be appreciated. Deb
 

Jake

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Its likely your compressor has gone out. Wouldn't be worth putting a new compressor in it.

If you don't have an ohm meter to test continuity on your start device relay, you can take the start device relay to your local appliance parts store and they can test it for you.

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Thanks for quick response

Good idea to take switch in to check it just to make sure. Looks like we need to start shopping. Thanks again for your help.

Deb
 

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Ok, sounds good Deb, keep us posted either way.:)

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dj2

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Appliance repair place said no problem to bring in the switch for testing. Are there other switches than the start relay that we can safely take out and bring with us for them to test that might be causing the problem?

We've been looking at new refrig's because it's likely it is the compressor. After looking at new refrig. prices the compressor replacement is starting to sound like the cheapest alternative. The refrig. was energy star 10 yrs ago, are the new ones so much more energy efficient that that alone says new, if not would we be starting a repair fest with the compressor and end up spending as much as new? How many things can go wrong with a refrig?

Deb
 

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Its really not a good idea to invest $400-$600 in a compressor on a 10 year old refrigerator, as other parts such as the thermostats, defrost cycle components, fan motors are all wearing as well.

Jake
 
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