As of 2014, the cost of a refrigerator compressor ranges between $35 for a reconditioned model to $100 for one that is new, according to SFGate.
However, since replacing the compressor is not a job the owner is able to do personally, the replacement cost with installation ranges from $242 to $307. If the repair cost is more than half the cost of a new appliance, Consumer Reports recommends replacing an appliance instead of having it repaired. They also recommend replacing an appliance experiencing a second breakdown. If the appliance is not under warranty and the owner opts for repair, an independent repair shop often provides a better price for the repair than one that is factory authorized.