Two questions, I guess. The first question is whether it's okay to ask here for a recommendation of someone in Los Angeles to come look at our old bottom freezer? I looked around but couldn't tell if recommendations were kosher here. If not, please accept my noob apology and ignore this post. I'll delete if asked.
If, however, it is okay to ask, then, heck, I'm asking. I posted about this 1999 Amana BRF20, last week, and it's pretty darn certain that we're talking sealed system failure here. See for yourself:
(This is as good as the evaporator ever looks. Temp controls maxed. FF at 45, FZ at 31.)
Yes, I am well aware that putting money into this unit may be throwing good money after bad, but...
I absolutely cannot find—after hours and hours of research—a 36" wide bottom freezer single door fridge. Not one. (Except for $6000 built-ins that would require we rejigger the cabinetry and repaint for another $2000. That's not happening.) Turns out that we designed our kitchen around a dying breed: the single door bottom freezer. We loved it: just open it up and set down your stuff on the counter. Easy! But no no, can't do that anymore. Now you need three arms so you can open the door with one, take out stuff with your second, and then transfer it to your really long third arm to reach around the damn open door that's in your way and put the stuff on the counter. Grrrrrr.
Okay, I'm better now. And I trust you can see why, despite the unit's age, we're thinking it might still be worth it to us to spend multiple hundreds of dollars fixing the thing. It seems pretty solid aside from the probable compressor failure or coolant leak. And that's why this grasshopper bows before his senseis and asks if they know a wise teacher who might come to my home to show me his dharmic powers and receive the gift of my chants and prostrations (okay, and the customary repair fees).