Was this monster banged around when it was being moved?
I've read (on some appliance repair website somewhere) that old refrigerator compressors don't like being moved around.
Apparently these people say there is some sort of spring suspension that holds the motor and other inner workings and keeps it all from bouncing around.
The springs then go brittle with time...and a good bouncing around is enough to break the springs and damage the workings in the compressor.
Changing a compressor is not fun. The one in our icebox was changed two years ago. The guy came with a bunch of specialized tools (among them was a device to "bottle" the freon while he replaced the compressor).
The compressor is also welded to the condenser coils. If I remember correctly it was a gas torch (welding torch, not battery flashlight
) that he used...
You have to know what you're doing.
Also, that refrigerant is only (legally) sold to people who are properly licenced.
*Note: Freon is my generic term for refrigerant just like "town gas" is my generic term for the smelly stuff that comes out of your gas stove.
Wonder what a refrigerator mechanic would charge to work on that thing? Have you considered it -- I mean...depends on how much you want that thing, might be worth asking before you leave it out on the sidewalk.
There are companies that refurbish and sell (at a huge markup) such appliances.
Oh, a last piece of advice. If you do toss it out in the street, be sure to remove the doors from the hinges. You don't want little kids playing around and getting locked inside and suffocating in there. It _has_ happened.
[This message has been edited by SvenNYC (edited 12-03-2003).]