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.
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.