Things are always tight at Christmas, but all was well (barely) in budget-land until yesterday.
Our 3-year-old-top-of-the-line-$2000 LG refrigerator died. Like soupy ice cream and 62 degree lettuce - DIED.
I took it apart (I'm actually pretty good with appliance repair and troubleshooting - I'm great with washing machines) to check for ice on the coils (behind the back panel in the freezer compartment) and make sure the fans are good to go. Check. I took off the back and cleaned everything. The compressor is running constantly, so it's not a temp sensor, switch, or relay. It's the compressor.
I've read that it's a pretty common issue with the Linear Compressors on the LG's. They die every 3 or 4 years. The compressor has a 10 year warranty (yeah), but only for the parts - labor will run about $400. Merry F-ing Christmas.
The only good thing? We have a giant freezer in the garage and the we don't eat meat or dairy, so having a warm-ish fridge is not the end of the world... but it still sucks.
Thanks LG. I've always wanted a dead fridge for Christmas... that doubles as an over priced lemon.
A work in progress