Looking to have Kitchenaid Refrigerator compressor replaced (Frederick, MD)
Posted 04 July 2010 - 11:23 AM
Posted 16 August 2010 - 03:14 AM
Posted 16 August 2010 - 09:41 AM
Thanks for the tip! I'll give them a try.
If you call Whirlpool they will give you the authorized servicers in your area.
I called four service companies today (picked out of the phone book) and three of them don't replace compressors anymore. One of them still does and will be giving me a quote tomorrow, but off the top of their head estimates $1,000 in labor plus parts, which is considerably higher than I had anticipated.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 09:54 AM
About six years ago, one or more of the springs holding the compressor motor weakened or broke so that when the compressor stopped, it banged loudly against the metal casing. Upon reading here that there was no immediate danger to life or food, we learned to live with it. Very interesting looks on people's faces when it went CLUNK! while they were sitting at the kitchen table.
what's the symptoms ?
About a year ago, the springs must have weakened further, as the compressor doesn't clank anymore when turning off, but it now hums much more loudly when running. I'm assuming the motor is resting against the metal casing now. No loss in chilling performance, so we've lived with that also.
A little while ago, the vibrations have gotten noisier and even though chilling performance still appears to be fine, the noise has reached my level of "I can't take this anymore", so it's time to do something.
Replacing the refrigerator, while it would be nice to have a new one, would cost about $2100 and that would definitely not be nice. Literally the only trouble we've ever had with our current fridge was once the icemaker stopped working (and I fixed it following advice found here) and the water valve finally let so little water through that I had to replace that (following advice found here and a part purchased from RepairClinic).
If replacing the compressor for less than half the cost of purchasing a new one restores quiet to the house and adds years to the life of a refrigerator that we really like, that seems like good value to me.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 10:15 AM
$265 for compressor kit
$21.20 nc sales tax on part
good luck finding a reputable service company to do this. and like appl.tech said,call wp and get their list of authorized servicers to chose from.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 01:59 PM
The best thing is to ask them the total with out the part and you buy the part.
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 04:06 PM
ps: There's no way we'd go out on a customers diagnosis and just change their compressor.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 04:17 PM
i only replace the evaporator if i have reason to believe it is leaking or restricted, not warranted in this case as he states that the performance appears to be fine.
judgment call i reckon...
Posted 16 August 2010 - 04:26 PM
Posted 16 August 2010 - 05:28 PM
Oh, I have that noise too -- much higher pitched and quite irritating. I've spent lots of time down on the floor wedging corks into various places trying to get it to stop. No luck.
The noise could just be chatter from a refrigerant tubing vibrating on the chassis. An offset condensate drain pan can cause it, too. Have you put your hand on the compressor to verify that it's the true source of the noise?
As to touching the compressor casing, I tried it once and burnt my hand. It was really, really hot. And yes, the large fan aimed at the casing runs fine.
Posted 17 August 2010 - 08:13 AM
The Kitchenaid side-by-side is an R-12 unit; evidently they started to switch away from R-12 shortly after mine was manufacturered.
If I am to have the compressor replaced, doesn't it and everything else related have to be switched over to the freon type used today?
Posted 19 August 2010 - 04:59 AM
Posted 19 August 2010 - 05:08 AM
You would need an R12 compressor
Where does the technician get R12 freon to refill the system (above and beyond what is salvaged from removing the old compressor)? I thought they stopped making it ...
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