I have a Whirlpool (Model W4TXNWFWQ00) Refrigerator that will not cool. My mother in law previously had it and it was working fine until she got a new refrigerator a week ago. She gave the refrigerator to us and when we got it installed at the house, it doesn't sound like the compressor is turning on. When I plug it up, the light turns on inside the refrigerator and I can feel air blowing in the freezer, but it's not cold. I let it run for several hours and nothing got cold. I believe, from reading on here that the Start Relay (2258450) is the culprit. If so, do you any instructions on here for replacing this part? Thanks
Answer Hello Mark,
I could not locate anything that shows the relays' replacement but if you unplug the unit, remove the side cover from the compressor, pull the old one from the prongs , move the wiring from the old part to the new part and plug it back into the compressor, re-establish power supply to the refrigerator, the unit should operate fine. If this part is the issue, this will correct the issue. I would check for power to the overload, (the small component on the side of the compressor), and make sure the overload is not open before ordering parts.
Which wire goes to the overload on the compressor?
Answer Hello Bobby. The red wire goes to the overload.
Had power outage, change relay and compressor still will not start.
Answer Hi Bob. I would use the digital capacitor Tester / Volt/ohm meter part # TJMA-DM1 to assist you in repair. Ohm the original relay. You should get 4-6 ohms cold. It should not rattle as the inner disk is defective part # 2258450. There are 3-terminal post on the compressor. There is "c-common, "r- run, and 's- start and the green ground screw post on the compressor chassis. Set the meter scale on the R x 1 setting. Ohm out between each terminal and ground. If any of the 3- reads 0-ohms then the winding is shorted and the compressor needs replaced. We will need the unit model # to get you the compressor part # . Between the c and s terminals you should read between approx 6-8ohms. Between c an r it should read between 4-6 ohms. Record and add both readings. Then read between the r and s terminals , it should add to what the first reading is. Plus or minus 10 %. Any further constitutes a bad compressor. The compressor should read 120 vac incoming to it . Thank You.
Is this what would normally go out if fridge stopped working after power outage?
Answer Hello James. Yes, if there is power to the compressor, and the compressor does not start, then the start device 2258450 is bad and will need to be replaced. Hope this helps.