The house was built new in 1995 or perhaps 1996. The refrigerator is original equipment. At present, it’s the only major appliance that has not been replaced (except the cooktop, which I sorta wish would die as I would love an induction cooktop, but it’s being contrary).
We had it serviced once, when the icemaker quit working. I forget what the problem was - clogged line or something.
It’s a GE Profile side-by-side and probably the nicest of the appliances that came with the house. The other day, we noticed that the front part of the dividing section was hot to the touch. Then it cooled off. Then it got hot again - and it was clear the thing was on longer cooling.
We threw out a lot of stuff (including some fancy sausages :(). We salvaged some chicken breasts that were still frozen solid, and some cheese etc. in the refrigerator section; all of which are in a spare standalone freezer in the basement.
We have GE service coming Wednesday. GE, vs a third-party place, because they claim they have trucks stocked with all the needed parts - and having a recent dishwasher repair take three trips largely for that reason, I want it dealt with.
What is the likelihood it can be fixed for 500-600 bucks? A new one would be 1200 or more - LOTS more if we want something nicer than what we have now (I’ve got my eye on a French-door type with a bottom freezer, and those start at 2K).