What Are Common Refrigerator Repair Costs?
Before we answer this question, we need to know what exactly is wrong with your refrigerator’s cooling system. Whether it is a compressor fault, a refrigerant leak, or a blockage issue.
First, let’s find out what a refrigerator compressor is and how it works.
A refrigerator compressor is an essential component of a refrigerator system. Basically, it is a motor-driven pump that takes low-temperature refrigerant gas from the evaporator and compresses it into a high-pressure. The high-pressure liquid refrigerant then goes through a capillary tube, where it undergoes a rapid reduction in pressure. This process causes the refrigerant to evaporate and turn back into a low-pressure gas. Then the low-temperature refrigerant gas travels through the evaporator coils inside the refrigerator, absorbing heat from the contents of the fridge which cools down the interior of the refrigerator. This process makes the refrigerant gas to warmed up again and goes back to the compressor. This cycle repeats to maintain a consistent cooling effect inside the refrigerator.
Continuous operation of the compressor is vital for the correct functioning of the refrigerator. If the compressor fails, the refrigerator will not be able to cool effectively or won’t cool at all.
How do I know if there is a problem with the compressor?
If your refrigerator is not cooling enough or is not cooling at all, it could be due to a compressor issue. Please note other components can also cause cooling problems.
If you hear strange noises, like clicking, buzzing, or rattling sounds. This might be a sign of mechanical problems within the compressor.
If you hear that compressor starts and stops too often. Note that the compressor should turn off and on to regulate the temperature however, if it is too often, then you have a problem.
If you feel that the compressor is too hot to the touch. It is ok if the compressor is warm because normally, it generates some heat, but if it’s too hot, there may be an overheating problem.
If you observe any of these signs, we highly advise you to contact a professional refrigerator repair technician.
What we do to replace the refrigerator compressor?
Replacing a refrigerator compressor is a complex task that involves several steps:
Before we start the process, we troubleshoot the refrigerator thoroughly to ensure that the compressor is the source of the issue. In some cases, adding refrigerant to the system and/or fixing a refrigerant leak or blockage will be enough.
Most probably, the refrigerator still contains refrigerant and we need to safely evacuate it. We disconnect and remove all the components in order to access and remove the compressor safely. We install the new compressor by using proper soldering techniques and attach all tubing to the new compressor.
Once that is done, we add refrigerant into the system with the appropriate amount of refrigerant specified by the manufacturer.
After recharging the system, we test the refrigerator to ensure it is cooling properly.
Prices depend on the type of refrigerator and type of refrigerant:
Refrigerant leak repair costs between $200 – $600
Refrigerator compressor replacement costs between $400 – $2500