Tip & How-To about Refrigerators

Checking a Refrigerator Compressor for the DIYer

1.Unplug the refrigerator

2.Remove the cover on the back bottom (usually black cardboard)

3.Have all new starting components for your model, remove old ones install new.

4.Plug unit back in, if it runs you are ok, if not call someone

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How to remove start/run components on a mgdm-07 cu. ft refrigerator


Remove lower back cardboard panel (some units do not have this). With the unit unplugged locate the compressor and remove spring clip on terminal cover. Remove wires from the compressor terminals noting where each one goes. Remove "Overload" (round black disc) from the line cord (other end of overload was connected to compressor. The other side of the power cord is connected to the "Main" or run terminal of the relay (usually plugs into compressor pins).

Nov 16, 2010 | True GDM-12 Refrigerator Commercial

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I bought a maytag side by side in 2002; model # MSD2454GRQ, SN 18157432AL, REV # 18. Ice is forming at the bottom of the maytag freezer department. Overnight ice will form at about 1/8 inch and left has formed to 1/2 inch. What is the problem?


Defrost problem: 3 components. Defrost Heater. Timer (circuit board or motorized) & Thermostat.
Remove cover on the inside back wall (usually 6 screws). Note frost pattern. (bottom of evaporator coil)
Put refrigerator into defrost cycle and note the defrost heater come on, or not. (careful heater can glow red hot)... Unplug Frige and test defrost components. Replace bad component... Refrigerator should defrost every 8 hours. when the cycle slows or quits the freezer will freeze over the evaporator coil and no air flow = no cold air...

Nov 15, 2010 | Maytag MSD2756G Side by Side Refrigerator

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Freezer not working


Good day,
Remove the back cover on the bottom and locate the compressor. See if the clicking sound is coming from it.
If so, there are usually 3 components pressed onto the pins of the body of the compressor. You have to remove the protective cover first.
The components are the protective overload disk, start relay and on some models a start/run capacitor.
You can take the components after prying them off the pins of the compressor and take them to an appliance parts house. They will usually check them for you. Replace any that check bad.
If they all test good then you will need the services of a professional to check the compressor itself.

If the noise is coming from another area, please post back.

May 20, 2010 | Amana ARB2217C Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

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all of a sudden it sound like something is caught in the fan


Remove the black cardboard cover in back and check to see if something is hittiing the fan

May 15, 2010 | GE 22.3 Cu. Ft. Bottom-Mount Refrigerator...

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GE profile bottom freezer refrigerator clicking


Your relay on the compressor is bad. It is called a PTC relay they are known to go out.

First be sure to unplug frig. Remove the cardboard cover that covers most backs of the units. Remove the plastic cover that is on the side of compressor. It is held on with a metal clip. Now you should be able to see the relay pry the relay straight off. note the wiring and position of relay. Only three prongs on compressor. Go to a parts house for appliance's and with your make and model number should be able to get a new one. Let me know if you need any more help. ken

Jul 05, 2009 | GE Refrigerators

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