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questsea73

Here in USA a typical basic 2 door no icemaker frost free 20 cubic foot name brand refrigerator selling now new for $550-$650 plus 8% sales tax after the basic one year warranty is trashcanned(disposed of and replaced) if the compressor motor is bad because the cost of a new compressor plus labor to R & R it is prohibitive in almost all cases (routine repair/replace decision).

 

The prices I am learning about in P.I. for a refrigerator 2/3 that size seem about the same. And the quality may be less ????.....but the higher cost for a comparable size one makes one hope with the lower labor rates in PI that perhaps refrigerators that are good other than the compressor can be economically repaired when failing outside the warranty period.

 

Has anyone experienced the repair capabilities of local refrigeration repair persons there to tell me how feasible it is to have an economical and quality repair done in this situation?

 

Ken

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Alfred E. Neuman

6foot refrigerator samsung 6years ago replaced compressor 4thousand pesos + 2,500 labor by the same company, still using it now.

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State Trooper

Im in the province outside Butuan but I paid P2500 for compressor repair on a 6' National. Got a 1 yr guarantee . Its still working great. Trick is to get a guy who has been in business for awhile. He will know what he is doing and will usually stand behind his work.

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Stranded Shipscook

I had a 12 year old commercial Ref ( 15 ft or so ?) in 2003 fitted with a new compressor. I bought the compressor at Polar ( or is it Northpole..) at the end of colon street for 2700,- the repair was phP 500, the gas filling 1000,-.

 

It worked till 3 weeks ago, now i am tempted to do it again. But not sure yet, i am worried, that the insulation now has also shrunk a bit and all that. After all, the dog is 20 years old now..

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thebob

Basic compressor 3/4 HP for a medium size ref is about 1800 pesos in Colon. Pay about 1000 peso to gas it up and fit the compressor.

 

Or the old ref makes a nice insulated box for a solar water heater tank!

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Alfred E. Neuman

I had a 12 year old commercial Ref ( 15 ft or so ?) in 2003 fitted with a new compressor. I bought the compressor at Polar ( or is it Northpole..) at the end of colon street for 2700,- the repair was phP 500, the gas filling 1000,-.

 

It worked till 3 weeks ago, now i am tempted to do it again. But not sure yet, i am worried, that the insulation now has also shrunk a bit and all that. After all, the dog is 20 years old now..

Cebu Polar in front of Shamrock Bakery.
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Stranded Shipscook

Basic compressor 3/4 HP for a medium size ref is about 1800 pesos in Colon. Pay about 1000 peso to gas it up and fit the compressor.

 

Or the old ref makes a nice insulated box for a solar water heater tank!

hey, that sounds still reasonable, i would need 1.5 hp. (or a SMB, Coca Cola one, still hoping that one falls from the truck, hehehe )

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smokey

Here in USA a typical basic 2 door no icemaker frost free 20 cubic foot name brand refrigerator selling now new for $550-$650 plus 8% sales tax after the basic one year warranty is trashcanned(disposed of and replaced) if the compressor motor is bad because the cost of a new compressor plus labor to R & R it is prohibitive in almost all cases (routine repair/replace decision).

 

The prices I am learning about in P.I. for a refrigerator 2/3 that size seem about the same. And the quality may be less ????.....but the higher cost for a comparable size one makes one hope with the lower labor rates in PI that perhaps refrigerators that are good other than the compressor can be economically repaired when failing outside the warranty period.

 

Has anyone experienced the repair capabilities of local refrigeration repair persons there to tell me how feasible it is to have an economical and quality repair done in this situation?

 

Ken

 

 

 

 

hold on to your shorts... repair is most often done by looking up the problem in the internet and doing it yourself..... my tv broke down and three repair times did not fix it but i went on line found out it needed a new color whell and its fixed... my ice maker broke down two different repair guys tried to fix it .. ha ha did it myself..

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Stranded Shipscook

hold on to your shorts... repair is most often done by looking up the problem in the internet and doing it yourself..... my tv broke down and three repair times did not fix it but i went on line found out it needed a new color whell and its fixed... my ice maker broke down two different repair guys tried to fix it .. ha ha did it myself..

Good point. Even for refs, mostly the "Overload protector" gives in here. Cost 75 php and is clipped on in 5 minutes.

I have to do that every 6 months at least on my 4 refs.

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I've had all three extremes of repair. Latest was a simple repair consisting of adding more refrigerant. Guy took it for a day, cleaned it etc, charge the system, checked for leaks. I think I paid less than 2000 for all. That's the good story.

 

Then there was the star-of-the art Samsung we bought in 2004. Within a few months, it stopped working properly. Nearest repair shop was a long bus ride away, so it took a week or more before the tech guy came. He clearly had no clue, saying it just needed "freon". Took another week or so to get a real tech guy here, and he knew just as little, although he was their Samsung specialist. After a few attempts to fiddle with it, they said it was best to take it to their shop for "observation". The store that sold it gave us a pathetic little loaner for the two months they "observed" the ref.

 

Finally, after a few months, Samsung said they would replace it, but that model was not available, so could I please pay the difference? Luckily, the replacement has been fine ever since. Story has more to do with the lousy service than Samsung product.

 

Third story is simpler. The ref had stopped working and a tech guy came to check it out (he happened to be at a neighbor's house). Unfortunately, he got a look at myself and that was a clue as to what was wrong. It needed money to fix it. Lots and lots of money. It was simpler and cheaper to buy a new one and use the old one as a storage bin. Oh, by the way. The guy offered to buy the ref from me for 500 pesos.

 

So, advice is the range of service can vary, just like so much else. I think it is more important to have a good place to buy your stuff from. They want to make more sales, so they have an interest in getting repairs done properly and having a happy customer. That's been my experience.

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thebob

Good point. Even for refs, mostly the "Overload protector" gives in here. Cost 75 php and is clipped on in 5 minutes.

I have to do that every 6 months at least on my 4 refs.

 

If your "overload protector" keeps blowing, I'd suspect a bad start capacitor, or arcing relay.

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SkyMan

I had a 12 year old commercial Ref ( 15 ft or so ?) in 2003 fitted with a new compressor. I bought the compressor at Polar ( or is it Northpole..) at the end of colon street for 2700,- the repair was phP 500, the gas filling 1000,-.

 

It worked till 3 weeks ago, now i am tempted to do it again. But not sure yet, i am worried, that the insulation now has also shrunk a bit and all that. After all, the dog is 20 years old now..

One thing to consider with yours is that a new one should be more efficient (green). Something to think about. A big expense compaired to a small one but that big expense may save you in the long run. If you do the repair on it and sell you should be able to recoup some of the newer model price as well. Edited by SkyMan
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Stranded Shipscook

One thing to consider with yours is that a new one should be more efficient (green). Something to think about. A big expense compaired to a small one but that big expense may save you in the long run. If you do the repair on it and sell you should be able to recoup some of the newer model price as well.

Trouble is where to get a reasonable priced commercial refrigerator( ~600ltr). Its either extremely expensive Hotel supplies ( 150k upwards) or running two or three which would kill the Eco effect.

I the moment i use a big Pepsi one, brand new, but it uses 20% more power...same with the Coca Cola "eco" model. sigh.

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Trouble is where to get a reasonable priced commercial refrigerator( ~600ltr). Its either extremely expensive Hotel supplies ( 150k upwards) or running two or three which would kill the Eco effect.

I the moment i use a big Pepsi one, brand new, but it uses 20% more power...same with the Coca Cola "eco" model. sigh.

Those Coke/"the other one" has a glass front door. Nice to have but a big energy waster. Likewise, everytime you open that big front door, all the cold air falls on the floor. Chest style refs would be much more efficient but unlikely to find here and a little inconvenient.

 

As for having 2 to 3 cheaper ones, you might find they are more efficient. If you need something from the large one you have to open the big door and as I said, all the big air falls out. If you had a smaller one for pop, another for beer, another for meats, another for everything else, you'd only lose a small refs worth of cold air on opening the door.

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Trouble is where to get a reasonable priced commercial refrigerator( ~600ltr). Its either extremely expensive Hotel supplies ( 150k upwards) or running two or three which would kill the Eco effect.

I the moment i use a big Pepsi one, brand new, but it uses 20% more power...same with the Coca Cola "eco" model. sigh.

 

Slap some more insulation on it. Tape bubble wrap on the glass door!

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