Question by  cheryllichak (26)

How do I replace the compressor on a side by side Frigidaire refrigerator?


Answer by  Advisor (1032)

As with any electrical appliance, be sure to unplug before attempting any repairs. Remove the wire screen or gate at the back of the unit, usually on the refrigerator side. You will need screwdriver and possibly instrument to pry the compressor from back of unit, depending on sealant used.


Answer by  slkunz2003yahoocom (836)

Unless you are licensed and have the tools, you cannot legally do this job. It requires recovering the old freon and recharging the system under a vacuum. This job requires a refrigerant recovery system and a vacuum as well as the freon to do this job. It also includes silver solder of all connections. Hire a professional!


Answer by  Tommy77 (49)

First, make sure the refridgerator is in the off position. Carefully, using a Philips Head screwdriver, remove the original burnt out compressor and dispose of it in the nearest landfill. Next, take the new compressor, and put it in the spot that the old compressor used to be. Now plug it back in.

posted by Anonymous
That is so cute, wish it was that easy. I am a certified CFC repairman. The cost and education to even attempt that repair are enormous-thousands of dollars, liability insurance, etc...Good luck with that magic screwdriver Tommy77  add a comment

Answer by  ferfer72 (2623)

This is a process that is way too complicated to be explained on this website. Chances are, you'd spend more money on this process than on a new fridge.


Answer by  widgit (65)

My choice would be to call a repairman, you should have a five year parts and labor warranty on it. There is an excessive failure rate on this part.


Answer by  dee73 (1062)

You need to remove the wire screen from the back of the frig.You will also need to the right tools to pry the compressor off the unit.Then you need to have a licenses to put the freon back in the new unit.


Answer by  dannyg28 (3070)

If you have a side by side refrigerator and you need to replace the compressor and you do not know how to do it you should call a repairman that is the easiest way to get it done right the first time.


Answer by  GeneWeen (120)

You would start by removing the old compressor. Make sure the unit is not powered. Replace it with the new one and you are done.


Answer by  Egon (67)

You will need to install pressure taps and remove the freon. Once the freon has been claimed, cut the tubing and install the new compressor.

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