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.