engel fridge repairs.

Am I the only one to wonder why when an engel fridge breaks down after 5 years of very occasional use, the only solution I've been given is to replace the entire cooling system for $650.
Is there no one who does repairs on these around? The 'authorised service agents' have told me the only thing that can be done is to change out the whole cooling system. Apparently Engel only has 2 parts.. power pack or cooling system..
My fridge is running non-stop and not cooling at all, so to e it just sounds like the compressor isn't doing it's job or there's a leak and there's no gas in the system any more??

any advice from anyone would be great..
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Reply By: time waster - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 07:25

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 07:25
Hi Coyote,

Ours did the same just a slight hum and no cooling. It was still just inside the warranty time and engel replaced the cooling unit, all good now.

Some house hold insurance policies cover the fridges, might be worth a look.

Christian
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Reply By: Jack - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:07

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:07
Any Engel problem will result in the $650 bill. That is why I went away from Engel when I suffered a problem. I am a consumer and will not put up with their attitude any longer.
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:10

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:10
G/Day Coyote

We had one of our Engels repaired, it didn,t run at all, it turned out it was the Compressor, we had this unit for just over 20 years, it cost $400 to repair, I claimed insurance and only paid $100.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 12:45

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 12:45
Which model is it? Have you tried another repairer?
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Reply By: Voxson - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 13:38

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 13:38
Welcome back...

Guy here does them for 550....

How did your ''trip'' go?
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Follow Up By: Member - Coyote (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 01, 2010 at 19:14

Thursday, Apr 01, 2010 at 19:14
G'Day mate, long time o hear/see. Trip O'seas was ok.. long, bloody hot and bloody hard work. .no rush to do that again.. no idea why anyone is fighting over those places over there.. they can have it.. we've now been posted to Canberra so have spend the last 3 months or so settling in to new job. I've had a bit of fun exploring Northern Kosiosko NP, but things have been crazy at work.. sing out if your ever heading through Canberra hey.. maybe this time we'll actually meet up. Cheers..

BTW you a cruiser driver now?? My dad has a 200 series, Gees they are sweet to drive, I'd hate to do any damage though or try and repair anything myself..
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Reply By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 13:54

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 13:54
Coyote,
Are you in the SE corner??

Give the 'Mini Frid-ge Man' at Helidon a call on 46 97 6666

(I hyphenated the 'F' word to avoid that stupid automated link thing that this site does with far too many words ;-))


Catch ya later... Ed C

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Confucius say.....
"He who lie underneath automobile with tool in hand,
....Not necessarily mechanic!!"

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Reply By: nowimnumberone - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 17:50

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 17:50
yes fridges are a lot like auto transmisions
dosnt matter what broke you have to have a fully recoed one.
cheers
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Reply By: Chris11726 - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 18:24

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 18:24
If your even slightly mechanically minded these fridges are dirt easy to work on!

Like you said theres only two parts, power supply and cooling system. Everything plugs together, all plugs are unique so you can't even muddle them up. You just need to be careful handling some parts of the cooling system as it can be fragile. Remember it contains pressurized gas.

If you go to www.engeland.com.au they can supply you with what you need.
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Julie (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 20:54

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 20:54
Hi Coyote (QLD)

We had our Engel repaired in November 2009 it was a Temp. Control fault
cost us $88. to repair, fridge was running and not cooling anything now it
works like a charm. Ask for another opinion might only be a Temp Control
fault like ours was.
Cheers

Matt & Julie


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Reply By: GerryP - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 22:14

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 22:14
If it's running non stop and not cooling, it's either out of gas (leak) or it has a blockage. Earlier Engels used small pencil filter/driers in the system which used to fail and block the capillary tube, thus stopping refrigerant gas flow. Both situations can be easily diagnosed and fixed by any competent fridge mechanic.

I wouldn't bother with the dealers, go find a domestic or commercial fridge expert and get them to have a look.

Cheers
Gerry (ex-fridgie)
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Reply By: Marny - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 22:17

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 22:17
Get a decent fridge mechanic and they can be pulled apart, flushed, regassed ect. my engel is a 'work in progress'. Have cleaned it out 4 times kept blocking the venturi tube ended up putting a later model compressor and condenser onto my evaporator. So far have spent that much on it that i could have changed out the whole thing but if i did that i wouldnt know what made them tick
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Reply By: KyleF250 - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 21:51

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 21:51
dioes it do the same on 240v? my first engel i had the lead develop a intermitt fault. didn't know it was lead until i had compressor changed got it home it was doing the same thing! lol that fridge then failed at serpentine lakes on WA /SA border on anne beadelll hwy with the 12v power supply shorted out,but still worked on 240v so run it on inverter till perth. bought a new in perth uses less power but not as good as older one IMO. i'll not be buying another either
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Reply By: Member - Coyote (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 01, 2010 at 19:09

Thursday, Apr 01, 2010 at 19:09
Thanks all, for the tips and advice, I was getting frustrated by not being able to find any parts supiers for Engels, or even the manufacturer of the compressor. Any way,I fugured I had nothing to loose, so I pulled it apart, gave it a good clean up and put it back together. Now, guess what.. it works. I turned it on and actualy watched the temperature drop. It hasnt worked that well for ages. My only regret is I have no idea what was wrong with it so no idea whato look out for.. Anyway, I guess I cant complain now..

Thanks to all the advice here though, if it does pack it in again I won't bother contacting engel, I'll take it to a fridge repairer.

Cheers all..
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