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I have a 14 year old Viking refrigerator with a bottom

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I have a 14 year old Viking refrigerator with a bottom freezer, model VCR4050203328. The freon line has leaked out and the unit is not cooling at all. The company I've used to maintain the unit says that cost to repair is $1,302.19. The technician said the compressor is seemingly fine. Should I repair the unit, given it's age or replace it with another less expansive brand that would cost about the same as the repair. Would appreciate your advice. Thanks. Donald
JA: Can you guesstimate how old your Viking is? And just to clarify, what's the exact model?
Customer: 14 years old
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: model # is VCR4050203328
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: yes, the unit fits into a custom cabinet that was built to specially accommodate that size
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 4 months ago.

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I would advise replacing the unit based on the age and series. That will likley give you nothing but issues long term, the compressor will go next and then a board or fan etc.. it will nickel and dime you. Just invest in a new unit.

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