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How much does a refrigerator compressor cost?

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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.

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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.

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    How does a fridge compressor work?

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    A fridge compressor works by raising the pressure of the refrigerant by constricting the vapor, then pushing it through coils on the outside of the unit. The compressor is one of five basic parts to a refrigerator. The other four are the refrigerant fluid, condenser and evaporator coils and the expansion device.

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    How do you test the amp draw of a refrigerator compressor?

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    A refrigerator draws a certain amount of amps, and using the real value to compare to the expected value is important in addressing issues when the appliance is not working properly. Figuring out the amp draw of your refrigerator is a simple process that takes less than an hour. It requires an amp meter, a breakout cord and a flashlight.

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    How can I keep a refrigerator outside?

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    As SFGate points out, it is possible to keep a regular refrigerator outside, although it may cost a little more to run and require additional maintenance. Standard refrigerators should not stay outside in extreme weather. Refrigerators specifically designed for outdoor use have the required weatherproofing and rust resistance.

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    Why is my fridge not working?

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    A refrigerator may not be cooling because the compressor may not be running or the electricity may be out. If interior lights are out in the refrigerator, a breaker may have been tripped and needs to be reset.

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