How do I remove the Overload for the compressor. I can see it on the compressor but when you try to move it, it does nothing. Want to see if something inside might be broken but cant get it off to rattle it and see if it is broken. Would like to order one but not sure if it is bad or not.
Answer Hello Dave,
Sometimes there will be a wire retainer and if it has been serviced before, there may be a wire tie holding it on the compressor. Remove which ever it has and with the unit unplugged, slip a flat bladed screwdriver between the start device and the compressor. You will be able to carefully slip it off.
How can I check the overload part on my refrigerator? So that I can determine if it's good or bad before ordering a replacement.
Answer Hi Ray. Use a volt/ohm meter part # TJMA-DM1 to assist you in your diagnostics. Use the R x 1 scale and put the 2 meter leads together momentarily to verify the meters ohm scale is working. You normally read .01 or .02 ohms resistance in the leads itself - normal. This tells you the meters 9v battery is good. If you are hearing a heavy "Click" every few seconds then either the overload is bad or the compressor windings are bad. After you remove the overload and let it cool completely, it should read approx. 4-6 ohms cold. If it rattles as well then the ptc disk inside is bad. Overload part # 4387938. Thank you.
Follow up question: Still having difficulty seeing how these parts will replace the original overload and capacitor. I do not see how the original capacitor can mount on these parts. My compressor has three prongs in a triangular pattern and I think I see how my replacement parts (AP3136048) mount on those and the harness connector fits smaller spades so I am assuming I need to replace those. But what about the capacitor? Is there a different capacitor that I need? Any help would be appreciated.
Answer Hi Craig. The overload has a single female round pin that slides onto the "top" of the triangle set of pins. Then this will leave the left over 2- remaining compressor pins side by side , correct? This is where the relay female pins slide onto the compressor. Together these 2 parts will cover all 3-triangular pins. Then Yes, use the smaller spade jumper wire to extend the wire to the relay. The capacitor is part # 2169373. Some models have them while others do not(lesser Quality). It is a run capacitor and in my opinion will keep the compressor running smoother and longer. SO you simply need to use the 2 capacitor wires and connect them to the relay by choosing the terminals #1 and what is across from it and not below it. Thank You.
Water build up in bottom of fridge and produce drawers.
Answer Hello Bob. You will need to check and see if the freezer drain is clogged. If so, you will need to clean it out with hot water and a turkey baster. Hope this helps.
Does the red wire go to the "L" terminal and white wire to the "N" terminal on the overload, part number AP3136048? Thanks for any help
Answer Hello Tim. You will hook the wires up the same way they were on your old overload. If the red wire was on L and the white wire was on N, then that is where they will go on your new overload. You can look at the wiring diagram for the refrigerator to determine where the line and neutral wires go. It does sound like the white should be Neutral and the Red would be the Line according to the colors. Hope this helps.