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What is The Cost to Replace the Compressor on a Sub-Zero Refrigerator?

By | 2018-04-25T14:38:51+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Appliance Repair Questions|
Appliance Repair Question

Kristen Cole
Alpharetta, GA

My new condo has a built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator, but it doesn’t get cold. The previous owner believed that all the unit needed was a new compressor. How much does it cost to replace a compressor on a Sub-Zero refrigerator? Is it something I can do myself?

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Thanks for the question, Kristen.  

If your refrigerator has a faulty compressor, it would definitely be the reason for your warm refrigerator. There are other potential causes so it is a good idea to check the most common causes for a refrigerator that can’t get cold first. The compressor is a major component, and is much more expensive than other, more easily replaced parts.

It would help the diagnostic process to check your refrigerator display for fault codes.  For example, EC 15 on a Sub-Zero refrigerator indicates a problem with the sealed system (compressor), but EC 05 to EC 08 indicates a faulty thermistor. Thermistors are much less expensive and easier to replace, so we definitely recommend verifying the issue before attempting any major repairs.

To answer your original question, the price of a Sub-Zero compressor varies depending on the model. As of the time of this response, the base price ranges from $145 to $400.

Replacing the compressor on any brand of refrigerator is a significant task, and not recommended for someone who is not experienced with refrigerator repair.  This is especially true if you have a built-in or wall unit. To prevent damage to your home and appliance, it is best to leave this repair to trained specialists.

Refrigerator Compressor Repair in Atlanta - It Is Fixed

The price of labor will vary based on your location and the appliance repair service you use. As a Sub-Zero refrigerator repair service in the Atlanta area, our labor fee would start around $400 but may be more based on the model.

Although the cost to repair a Sub-Zero refrigerator may seem high, a new unit can range between $10,000 and $20,000. With high-end refrigeration brands like Sub-Zero, repair is almost always the most economical option.

One Comment

  1. Leslie Gurvey November 6, 2018 at 10:36 AM - Reply

    When it comes to appliance repair, I will always turn to IT IS FIXED. For more than 20 years, we have used another appliance repair service in Atlanta. They were always pleasant to deal with and we thought their pricing was reasonable. That was until a week ago.This service company, with more names than letters in the alphabet, was called upon once again when our Subzero Refrigerator/Freezer seemed to stop cooling. Well, that is when the nightmare began. Our call for service was placed on a Friday and the technician showed up on Monday. He immediately began to dismantle the refrigerator and informed us that it was a bad compressor in the refrigerator portion. To make a long story short, he quoted us $2,500 to replace the refrigerator compressor. Mind you, this equipment is 30 years old and is supposed to be the top of the line. At first, he convinced us that is was the best investment for the situation. So, I agreed to place the order. Meanwhile, another friend say to me that the pricing was way out of line. So, I called Subzero and another service company to find out if the price was reasonable or was it totally out of line. Well, it was completely out of line. In fact it was more than $1,000 to much. I immediately called this company and told them to cancel the order since it had only been a few hours since the service technician left our home. I explained the situation to him and he immediately began to negotiate a new price. I didn’t like his attitude but felt since he reduced his price to $1,200 and had been out to exam the unit, it was only fair to let him finish. That began the nightmare of the century. Four days later, the original. serviceman and another technician showed up at my home to repair the refrigerator, Well, the bottom line was they replaced the refrigerator compressor but cut the dryer lines to the freezer compressor and now the freezer didn’t work. I called the company to explain what happened and they said the original serviceman would be there as soon as possible. He showed up on a Monday and immediately said you have a bad compressor and it would cost $2,000 to fix. After an hour of back and forth conversation and bartering about the price, I told the gentlemen to pack his bags and please leave immediately. I totally lost all my confidence and trust for this company. I called their offices and was informed that I had to send an email about my complaint, which i have done. Here’s the bottom line. The original company did the worst repair job ever seen by any Sub Zero Technician. The Freezer compressor was not broken as stated but was full of oil from a previous service person. The lines from the compressor to the evaporator coils were installed improperly and the system was about to take a nose dive because of the faulty repair job. IT IS FIXED came out and redid all the bad repair work and the unit is working just fine. By the way, the so called bad compressor that the first company want $2,000 was not damaged and was working even though the technician said we had a bad compressor. BE AWARE OF OTHER APPLIANCE REPAIR COMPANIES. If you want the best at fair pricing and the right job then call IT IS Fixed. before calling anyone else.

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