Mini fridge died. Any ideas?

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  1. BadJazz

    BadJazz Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Eugene, Oregon
    Got a mini fridge that powers on but won't run and keep it cool. Any ideas? I blew all the dust off the compressor and things but to no avail.
  2. geeza


    Mar 15, 2009
    Earth, but just barely.
    I'm not wearing pants
    1) Buy new mini fridge
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  3. 2.?
  4. 3. Have you tried turning it off and on again?

  5. Fixed.
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  6. geeza


    Mar 15, 2009
    Earth, but just barely.
    I'm not wearing pants
    Add beer?
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  8. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    SW VT
    Most of them are not built to be repairable, or at least not economically repairable (new one costs less) so @geeza is right.
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  9. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Size is not relevant to the problem.
  10. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Size does matter, because you wouldn't want to lug a full-sized fridge to a shop.

    Sometimes it's just the thermostat, find a repair shop.
    do those exist anymore, repair shops?

    I need to figure that out actually, because it's time to pay my extended warranty again on my 3D TV & I'm not sure there are any repair shops around.
    not sure it's worth the $150 (2 year) agreement
  11. Leaking or low refrigerant?
  12. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I think with refrigerant problems, the compressor will run, but just not cool.
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  13. that I read his post again..
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  14. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Odds are the compressor is shot. Not worth repairing when you can get a new one for well under $100.
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  15. tlc1976


    Aug 2, 2016
    Or the compressor relay, or thermostat. There's usually a schematic taped somewhere in the fridge guts. If you don't have the tools or the knowledge to follow it, it'd be more economical to buy another fridge rather than shotgunning parts. And if it's the compressor or some specialty circuit board, it's probably cheaper to get another fridge anyway.
  16. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    We’ve got a couple old appliance parts houses around here. I kept a che-pass dryer running for a bunch of years out of those places.

    IMO It’s best just to recycle a broken mini fridge and shop for a replacement.
  17. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    My first thought was things inside are going to get warmer. Then I though to myself "What if it's outside in the snow?". I realized I didn't have all the necessary information so I went to my full sized fridge, took out some cheese and Italian salami to go with my club crackers and went back to my binge watching of Inside the Actors Studio.
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  18. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    My mini refrigerator died in my office a few months ago. I inherited it when I bought my business and it finally quit. I was looking at various mini refrigerators with different features and sizes. I ended up with this one I bought at Home Depot that is bigger than the one I had; but, it has a separate freezer section and holds more things in the bottom. It was $199. They have one that is a little smaller for $169 and they have many other smaller models that are less money.

    Magic Chef 4.3 cu. ft. Mini Refrigerator in Stainless Look



    Here is the next smallest version

    Magic Chef
    3.1 cu. ft. Mini Refrigerator in Black



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  19. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Does Stevie Wonder do their grocery shopping?
  20. I'd buy the top one, it has pie.
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