My three year old refrigerator, which is a dorm room sized model, has stopped working. It is a GE model (about 4 cubic feet) that has the freezer in the same section as the fridge, with only a plastic door separation. I am hoping that someone who is reads this and knows something about refrigerators can at least determine whether or not something like this is worth getting repaired.
When left plugged in, the compressor gets hot but there is no refrigeration. The only irregularity I see while looking at the back is that there is some corrosion around a capsule. That capsule is about 2" long and connects to the compressor. I have no idea what this part is, but someone so far has suggested that the freon leaked out through the corrosion. Is that consistent with my symptoms? My problem is that these cost about $130 new and it would probably cost that much to fix it. Would it be worth even paying someone to look at it?
The compressor has a 5 year warranty, but it was a gift and therefore I have no receipt to show for it. Thank you in advance if you can help.