Compressor would not turn back on after shutting down after thermostat reached proper temperature inside internal fan would run but not with cold air
Peter C. • Riverhead, NY • April 21, 2015
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Thank you to everyone who entered comments, especially about the "Clicking" sounds when it was trying to turn on the compressor. I did not notice them at first, but then heard them and was confident that one of these parts (or both) had a problem. In my case, I have custom cabinets around the sides of the refrigerator and hardwood floors in the kitchen so I put down some cardboard when the rollers would need to go at an angle due to a center island in the way. (I would rather do this myself rather than have a repair person rush it and kill my floors) Needless to say, it made more sense to replace both parts at the same time for me to do this repair the right way once to last another 8 years. The videos are great and gave me an idea where everything was. The only problem I had was a different (Modular) connector on my refrigerator where the 2 wires were right next to each other but the new part has the two wires separate and far apart from each other. They could not connect "as is". I had to run to radio shack, (luckily, the one by my house is not closing), buy the connectors ($4) , come back home, then cut my connector off and splice the wires separately. I called for support just to make certain where the blue wire went (On top) on the new part so I would not blow it out. Since this was an intermittent problem for me, i wanted to wait a full week to make certain the problem was solved. It has been running great for over a week now. After inspecting the old parts, the Overload Relay was burned up inside so I would say that was the defective part but I would still recommend replacing both since these attach to each other and there is really nothing else back there except the sealed compressor and a fan so replacing these parts before they fail makes sense when the unit is over 8 years old. They may also interact with each other and blow each other out since they connect together. Replace them both. Since the refrigerator started working intermittently after I reset it the first time, I ordered the parts slow boat. This site was so incredibly fast sending it out (FEDEX Ground) that it arrived the next day anyway. (This was incredibly appreciated since it died again the next day as the parts were arriving at the door) Extra Thanks to Appliance Parts Pros and FEDEX for the extremely fast service. I would give 5 out of 5 stars here but need to take off one for the following: A suggestion to the site is to make the radio shack connectors available on the site as an option when purchasing these parts (I would have opted to add the 4 dollars just in case I needed them since you don't know if you need them until you have opened up the back and there is probably a 50/50 chance you have the other style connector). Otherwise, keep up the great work with the videos and allowing us "DIY" folks to fix problems on our own. Excellent Site.