I have a Maytag side by side refrigerator and it won't get cold anymore. The freezer has thawed, also. Do you think this could be the relay or the capacitor? Would you happen to know which terminal is which on the compressor? I want to know which one is the start , run & common terminal.
Answer Hello Louis,
The blue wire on this mode connects to the common terminal. If you remove the start relay and look closely at it, the relay terminals are numbered. These numbers are 2 and 3. The 2 terminal is the run winding and the 3 terminal is the start winding. As far as what is causing the issue, the unit will need to be troubleshot to determine this. If it isn't cooling at all and the start relay is to blame, you will hear an audible "click" from the rear of the unit about every 3 to 5 minutes. You need to make sure the fan in the rear is running and the fan inside the freezer compartment is running also. You can also remove the rear wall of the freezer and check the frost pattern on the evaporator coil. If there is an ice ball where the freon line enters the freezer compartment, you have either a freon loss or an inefficient compressor. If the frost is gathered across the top of the coil, there is an air circulation issue. If the frost begins part-way down the coil, there is a restriction inside the evaporator coil.