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Refrigerator Problems

10 Most Common Problems

Diagnosis &
Repair Cost

(U.S. dollars w/o tax)
1. Does not run, no light in refrigerator 
 a. No power  
 
- AC outlet defective or open circuit
  
 
1a. Transfer to electrician
 $43 - 58
 
- service cord defective
 $86 - 114

2. Does not run, light in refrigerator works
  
 a. Temperature control defective $122 - 162
 b. Defrost timer defective $104 - 138
 c. Start relay defective $95 - 126
 d. Compressor failure $500 - 700

3. Does not run for period of time after defrost
  
 a. Defrost terminator defective $95 - 126
 b. Defrost timer defective $104 - 138

4. Runs continuously w/no cooling
  
 a. Loss of refrigerant charge Time & Materials
 b. Insufficient compressor $500 - 700

5. Runs continuously, unit too cold
  
 a. Temperature control defective $122 - 162
 b. Temperature control out of adjustment $43 - 58

6. Runs excessively, freezer & refrigerator
  
not cold enough
 a. Evaporator fan defective $122 - 162
 b. Defrost timer defective $104 - 138
 c. Sealed system problem Time & Materials
 d. Compressor failure $500 - 700
 e. Condenser fan defective $117 - 156
 f. Dirty condenser $68 - 90

7. Runs & cycles, refrigerator normal,
  
freezer not cold enough
 a. Poor door seal on freezer - adjust $68 - 90
 b. Light stays on in freezer  
 
1a. Switch defective
 $83 - 110
 c. Excessive door openings $43 - 58
 d. Room temperature to cold $43 - 58
 e. To much warm food placed in freezer at one time $43 - 58

8. Refrigerator normal, but sweating
  
 a. Interior  
 
- Bad door seals
 $176 - 234
 b. Exterior  
 
- Void in insulation - no repair
 $43 - 58
 
- Bad door seals
 $176 - 234
 
- Heater defective in door channel
 $122 - 162

9. Excessively noisy
  
 a. Unit not level $68 - 90
 b. Internal compressor problem $500 -700
 c. Condenser fan defective $117 - 156
 d. Evaporator fan defective $122 - 162
 e. Defrost water pan rattles  
 
- reposition pan
 $43 - 58

10. Water leaking inside refrigerator
  
 a. Restriction in drain system $77 - 102
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