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Part for starter relay

I need to get a new starter relay that hooks up near the compressor. the repair man said this might be the problem but i am having trouble finding the right part. help

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  • Anonymous Oct 06, 2008

    Mine is shot, too. There is no part number for it.


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Same problem here - no one will help - not where I bought it 2 years ago, not the local repair man, not whirlpool

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What are the two red led lights on a skybox circuit board for? Mine are lit up and the unit won't cool. Is that an indication of what is wrong? If so, any idea what it is?

The red lights on the board indicate it is working properly. The purpose of the board is to control the dispensing of the beverages, and has nothing to do with the cooling process. You have a cold control (thermostat) inside the refrigerated area. The cold control is like a switch that sends 120vac to the compressor when cooling is needed. The failure of the unit to cool would be either a bad cold control, compressor, or compressor start relay. Testing of live electrical circuits should be left to a qualified service technician.

Oct 05, 2011 | Maytag SkyBox MBV1976A Beverage Dispenser

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I need a universal starter relay for model 1976AAB sky box compressor. I was informed that I required #61005504 part and it was not correct. The relay fits over a three pin compressor contact.

Chick, you may want to take a look at 'Solution 1' on this FixYa thread for the part number you're looking for.
Not sure if you're having the same issue I was with my Skybox (unit stopped getting cold, compressor would attempt to click on for 8-10 seconds, then click off), but I just followed steps from the video krause28 provided on 'Solution 9' of this FixYa thread and I'm up and running.
Just completed it today and it's working now, so I don't have any long-term results yet, but hopefully that does it.
Good luck! -TD

Oct 13, 2010 | Maytag SkyBox MBV1976A Beverage Dispenser

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Just tried to fix my skybox starter relay not sure if I hooked the wires up right being that the parts are not exactly the same, will the black tank feel warm to the touch

I'm assuming that when you say 'black tank' then you mean the compressor that you wired the start relay into. Yes, the compressor should be warm when wired up correctly. And as long as there are no capacitors (black or silver cylinders with wire connections at the top), there aren't very many ways to wire it up incorrectly. But if there are capacitors then the compressor and/or capacitors could burn out due to faulty wiring.
If there are capacitors I suggest you don't turn the machine on until you're positive you've wired it up correctly.

Mar 13, 2010 | Maytag SkyBox MBV1976A Beverage Dispenser

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My Matag Skybox compressor will not turn on. I can here it clicking and trying to come on.

HI. This is a strong indication of starter/overload relay failure. This clicking noise is coming directly fromm the relay device. it is damaged. this relay is the main starter of the compressor unit. It receives a signal from the main PCB. Once the power signal is received, the relay will regulate the starting, and stopping of the compressor, via control board and thermostat assembly. The failed relay will need to be replaced, asap. Once replaced, the unit will operate correctly. The relay is mounted on the side of the compressor. Once the bracket, and terminal wires are removed, you can gently pull it away form the compressor, to check the contacts and connections for corrosion. If any of the contacts or terminal connections are worn, replace them. Worn contacts, or corroded connections will not allow for proper current flow.

NOTE_ I would advise to locate the clicking. Make sure its coming form the compressor/relay location. There are some units of this nature out there that are fixed(compressor and relay intergraion). If this is the case, simply replace the entire compressor unit. If the clickiong is coming from the main control board(PCB), the PCB, will be the culprit.

Dec 01, 2009 | Maytag SkyBox MBV1976A Beverage Dispenser

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Compressor runs constantly, fridge cools, but not as cold as new

If unit is running constantly, and not nearly as cold as it used to be, most likely a freon leak. Possibly a partially frozen over evap too. If evap is mostly clear except for about 5% of it, most probably a freon leak. Changing controls will probably not fix anything. Need to look into this a little deeper.

Good Luck and hope this gets it done for you.

May 10, 2009 | Maytag SkyBox MBV1976A Beverage Dispenser

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i don't really have a writen step-by-step procedure written as i only did it once, but i will try to point you in the right direction from memory:

1) WITH THE MACHINE UNPLUGGED take off the rectangular panel off the back of the machine. once off, the compressor is accessable on the left.

2) on the front of the compressor, there is plastic housing with wires going into need to take this apart to get access to the starter relay - it is either 2 or 3 pieces that screw/snap together; it should be obvious enough to get it apart. keep track of where the wires are going on the 3 compressor pins as they will be going back onto the same places on the compressor.

3) there should be a small white plastic piece on the bottom 2 pins of the compressor - that is the starter relay - it should pull off. one sure sign it is bad is that it sounds like it has loose parts in it when you shake it.

4) the wire connected to the top pin of the compressor is the product saver (if you follow the wire back a little you will see there is a small round part with a metal piece - i think it is actually attached to the plastic housing from step #2. you will need to remove this wire and small round part - it isn't needed as the kit has a different style replacement for it. the good news is that you shouldn't have to cut anything as it should be a removable cable with a spade lug on the end.

5) take the new parts from the kit and put them on the compressor pins (i can't remember exactly, but you won't have to use the long red wire which comes in the kit, but you will use everything else). plug the wires you took off in steps #3/#4 and put them back in the same locations on the new parts.

6) put the 2 or 3 piece plastic housing from step #2 back together.

7) put the rectangular panel back on the machine.

this should be close enough to get you there.

Aug 20, 2008 | Maytag SkyBox MBV1976A Beverage Dispenser

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Replacement starter relay for skybox MBV1976A...

i lost track of the way the wires go on starter relay. can someone please let me know or send diagram, for the 3 wires. Any help would be appreciated.

Jul 04, 2008 | Maytag SkyBox MBV1976A Beverage Dispenser

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Maytag skybox stopped cooling

I just replaced my in-pieces starter relay and thermal swich with a Whirlpool 4387535 kit. My Skybox has been working fine ever since.

Note I had the same symptoms as other posts of the compressor turning on/off continuously (but no cooling)...I believe what was happening is that the starter relay would allow current to flow to initially start the compressor, but would never stop providing current to it after it had already started (as it should) thus in a few seconds the thermal switch would sense this and trip / remove power to the compressor...then this cycle would start all over once the thermal switch cooled down again and let power back to the compressor...

This kit is evidently the newer style of what is on the original Skybox compressors (functionally speaking)...the new starter relay looks and installs like the old one, but the thermal switch is different and you need to remove the old one (follow the black wire on the top post of the compressor back a little to a small black round thing with a flexible metal piece inside). The good news is that once you remove it, it already has the correct spade lug on the wire to plug directly into the new thermal switch which sits right on the top lug of the compressor above the starter relay.

Note I'm not a service tech, just a Skybox owner who was/is tired of Maytag disowning this product and calling it a "throwaway" when any part of it stops working (and all local authorized service centers laughing when asked to repair one).

Continuing on with my rant a little, I also see other posts on the internet which also state "throwaway" when you actually have a bad compressor because you can't get direct replacements anymore - my friend who does AC work on the side said he most certainly could put another compressor in there from probably just about any other mini-fridge...he just noted that it is a small place to do it so the replacement compressor form factor will have to be considered. He stated you may get a little more or less cooling efficieny but who cares if you really want to keep your machine working that you can't buy anymore (nor get a close alternative).

Mar 13, 2008 | Maytag SkyBox MBV1976A Beverage Dispenser

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