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Old 07-31-2013, 10:44 AM   #21
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All fridges can be recharged. I'd keep the warranty though, you will easily spend $250 anyway, plus your fridge will have a 1 year warranty after repair for the $250 you already dropped. Average labor will be close to $200 alone.
Thanks for the advice. I know it's possible to recharge, but it is it something a reputable tech would actually do? Anything I've been able to find seems to point to using a piecing valve and I can't see a technician doing that.

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Make sure the fridge isn't more then 10yrs old or they will cancel the warranty upon arrival for repair.
It was manufactured in 2007. They took the serial and model #s over the phone so there shouldn't be any surprises when they show up. Thanks for the heads up on the repair cost, I'll keep the warranty and see what happens! Sounds like either way, that's by best bet.
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[QUOTE=Pugga;7236928]Thanks for the advice. I know it's possible to recharge, but it is it something a reputable tech would actually do? Anything I've been able to find seems to point to using a piecing valve and I can't see a technician doing that.


A good technicians will use a piercing valve to recover the old Freon, then remove it and soldier in a permanent charge port to refill and for future service needs.

Piercing valve could also be used to introduce a dye into the system to locate the failure, a system shouldn't need for recharge unless it's leaking (the underlying failure). I reputable tech will not permanently leave a piercing valve.

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From a Refrigeration Companies point of view

OK Taco guys

I own a commercial refrigeration company

Laying a refrigerator on its side should be left upright for a min of 24 hrs prior to restarting it, to let oil migrate back into the compressor, starting early causes a dry fuck, get the details, can damage compressor.

Leaving unplugged over night to de-ice is a great deal if you do not hear the internal fan in the freezer, once plugging in if you hear nothing dis-assemble freezer back wall and inspect in door fan motor, if those are ok look under fridge to make sure condenser fan if applicable is working, if all is well to this point them assume all is ok

IMO to open a closed system up STOP

Go to Craigs list put out $700.00 max and get another refrigerator, you will be putting money into a dead horse beyond this point.
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Figured I'd update this with the solution. Turns out the compressor was bad and a road technician can refill a fridge with refrigerant. They have a special pump and scales to perform the task with.

I ended up calling Sears (it was a Kenmore fridge) and bought their service protection plan for $270 which covers the fridge for a year and all repairs up to $500. If it goes over $500, they total it and give you a $500 credit toward buying a new fridge. It worked out in the end, I bought the fridge on Craigslist for $125, not knowing it had issues, bought the plan for $270 so I'm into this thing for about $400 but have a nice looking fridge with a brand new compressor. The bad side, their Customer Service for this plan is TERRIBLE!!! You have to have a lot of time and patience to deal with their incompetence and rudeness. If I didn't really, really, really need them to get this fridge fixed because I had a baby coming home from the hospital, I would have told them to screw, gotten my money back for the warranty and found another fridge. They were really that bad!
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I have a whirlpool refrigerator gold series which sprung a leak in the water line leading to the housing that holds the filter. Does this water line just pull off or, do I have to replace the entire housing?
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