Long shot - Repairing a fridge

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Found 13th Oct 2008
I've just moved into a house and the fridge-freezer doesn't work. Well, the freezer works, however the fridge doesn't get cold.

The landlord has given me permission to get it fixed - I don't suppose anyone can recommend a chain of 'fridge repairmen' who are reliable and won't rip us off?

Otherwise any other recommendations? Is it just case of the yell.co.uk and the Thomson local? I'm in the South East.

Thanks in advance for any guidance.

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I take it is is defrosted?

Not worth repairing buy a new one.

Check the rubber seal on the door if it not sealing then it will not get cold you may be anle to get another seal.:)

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BritBrat;3187049

I take it is is defrosted?Not worth repairing buy a new one.



Yeah, had it switched off for 48 hours. Still not working when switched back on.

The landlord would prefer to at least get a technician to look at it rather than replacing. It's integrated which makes replacing a bit of a chore.

Yeah it's really not worth repairing a fridge, too expensive

Just a tip though it takes ages for a fridge to cool after it's been left off for a while, give it 24-36 hours first and see how cold it gets then as it's not very often that the freezer part will work but not the fridge. The freezer part always cools first anyway

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yisap786;3187065

Check the rubber seal on the door if it not sealing then it will not get … Check the rubber seal on the door if it not sealing then it will not get cold you may be anle to get another seal.:)



The rubber all seems fine.

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RedIron;3187087

Yeah it's really not worth repairing a fridge, too expensiveJust a tip … Yeah it's really not worth repairing a fridge, too expensiveJust a tip though it takes ages for a fridge to cool after it's been left off for a while, give it 24-36 hours first and see how cold it gets then as it's not very often that the freezer part will work but not the fridge. The freezer part always cools first anyway



It's had over 36 hours running - fridge warm, freezer cold.

tea-towel;3187100

It's had over 36 hours running - fridge warm, freezer cold.



How long has it been since the fridge freezer was last up and running before you moved in?

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RedIron;3187125

How long has it been since the fridge freezer was last up and running … How long has it been since the fridge freezer was last up and running before you moved in?



Not sure really. Probably something like a month max. More likely a week or two.

Make sure the little light is turning off.
If it doesn't then the bulb warms the fridge.. Happened on mine..
The door had dropped slightly, so the switch wasn't getting pushed to turn it off.

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rockyfella;3187139

Make sure the little light is turning off.If it doesn't then the bulb … Make sure the little light is turning off.If it doesn't then the bulb warms the fridge.. Happened on mine..The door had dropped slightly, so the switch wasn't getting pushed to turn it off.



The light is definitely switching off.

Have you tried adjusting the thermostat/switch?
Tuen it up and down several times or more, it might have dirty contacts.

Leave it running longer, the reason I say that is both the fridge and freezer run off the same compressor so it's very rare that one works but not the other

The way they work is the compressor will cool the freezer to the required temperature first and then the fridge.

If you turn down the thermostat for the freezer (so it's at it's warmest setting) and turn up the thermostat for the fridge (coldest setting) then leave it as long as you possibly can.

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RedIron;3187255

Leave it running longer, the reason I say that is both the fridge and … Leave it running longer, the reason I say that is both the fridge and freezer run off the same compressor so it's very rare that one works but not the otherThe way they work is the compressor will cool the freezer to the required temperature first and then the fridge.If you turn down the thermostat for the freezer (so it's at it's warmest setting) and turn up the thermostat for the fridge (coldest setting) then leave it as long as you possibly can.



Thanks for the suggestions.
As far as I can tell they both run of the same dial setting. I've literally had it running for over a week and the fridge just keeps warm.

I had this on a fridge in a holiday cottage, it didn't like being on the coldest setting, putting back to the middle worked.

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Gig;3187278

I had this on a fridge in a holiday cottage, it didn't like being on the … I had this on a fridge in a holiday cottage, it didn't like being on the coldest setting, putting back to the middle worked.



I've tried all six of the settings for at least 6 hours each! Actually I didn't try setting 6.

When I turn the dial to 0, then back on again, I can hear clicking, then the clicking stops. Kind off like somethings trying to turn but being blocked.

most modern fridge frieezers only have one compressor to run the fridge and freezer, But older fridge freezers have two compressors, one for freezer and one for the fridge if this is the case your compressor for the fridge could be kaput or there is a fridge gas leak .
costly to replace the compressor , not to costly for a repair and re gas if the leak is repairable ?
hope this helps

It'll probably be a dodgy thermostat, Usually fairly easy to fix,

I recently change a thermostat on a fridge myself and you can get universal ones fairly cheap on ebay, They'll be slightly different to the one I fitted but I've seen fridge/freezer thermostats for under £10.

Could possibly be the cooling plate at the back or if it's a duel compressor one of them might of gone?

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In terms of repair there's not much I can do as it's not my fridge - it's the landlords.
Found this homeserve.com/jobs where they say it's £85 to do the job - not sure how they know that price without knowing what parts are needed etc. - anyone used them before?

I would leave it to the landlord.. It is his / her problem.. Why should you be doing the running around

grimm6;3192004

I would leave it to the landlord.. It is his / her problem.. Why should … I would leave it to the landlord.. It is his / her problem.. Why should you be doing the running around


So the landlord could refuse to pay the bill.
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