I googled this before coming onto this forum and I think you are correct about this being a far more common issue that they are willing to admit. The Engineer who looked at this , from Electronic Services in Swansea, said the replacement compressor and recharge would cost over £600 if it ever needed doing ( i.e. not commercially viable ) - how he would know this if they don't recommend it is a bit of a mystery. Before I lug it off to Land Fill I'm going to check where the noise is from - it isn't just a fan.
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