It sparked and caught fire at start device combination relay and overload.
Can it be fixed or are there other problems that may have caused this to occur.
Im a little reluctant to fix it, thinking the problem my reoccur when I am no
not at home and cause a major house fire.
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I believe what is happening here is a defective start relay and overload. Right now I would pull refrigerator away from the wall and unplug. Next remove the cover over the compressor feel top of the compressor and if it is not possible to keep your hand there from heat tells me the compressor is trying to start. Keep unplugged until replacing the Start Relay Kit below.Most times the compressor that begins to do these symptoms can be fixed by replacing the=>
W10189190 Relay and Overload Kit These parts can be found by removing the rear cover near floor and then pulling the cover on the side of the compressor. Click Here=> ASD2522WRB02 Unit PartsIn that photo is a compressor top left of photo. Number location 13 is the cover of the part I am talking about and location 12 in that photo is the start relay and overload. If you have trouble I will be here to assist you, Thanks Sea Breeze
first discharge the capacitor for safetys sake,then touch the meter leads of a multi-meter set to RX100 to the caps leads if the needle stays on 0 the cap is shorted(but that would trip the wall breaker),if it doesnt move at all its open,if it goes to 0 and slowly climbs back towards infinity its good,i believe you will find the ptc overload relay on the compressor is defective,its in combination with the capacitor,the cap is only on there to take the power spikes off the relay contacts during start-up,the ptc overload relay is what aids in compressor start-up/run/and overload protection if compressor wont fire,change them both and it will run
The start device on some models of refridgerator for maytag and whirlpool have been recalled. If your appliance was manufactured in the last 5-10 years you may be having an issue with this component. Mine recently caught on fire at this device that is located near the compressor. A hung up ice maker was the culprit for this overload most likely. If you would like to be a part of the petition for a recall on this appliance contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If the compressor will not kick on what you have is either a bad compressor or a bad starting device. Generally the unit will try and start and after 8 seconds or so you will hear a loud tick. That indicates the relay is bad. If the compressor is bad it will usually make a loud humming noise.
The start device is plugged into the side of the compressor. Unplug the frig. You can simply take off the wires to the start device (remember where they go!!!!!) and pull it off. You have two piece, the overload and the relay. The relay is the piece that is most likely the problem. Some machines will have these put together in a white plastic block. You can shake this entire piece and if you hear loud rattling it is broken. Sometimes the relay is visibly burned and blacked where it plugs into the compressor. Anyway, if you do not have this white plastic relay/overload combo, the relay is a brown square shaped plastic piece. Shake it and see if you hear rattling. If not, chances are very good the relay is ok, and the compressor is locked up.
Compressor changes are expensive and unless the frig is extremely nice and cost a pretty penny, they aren't worth fixing. Relays and overloads should not break $100 for the parts, and any tech should be able to change one in under 10 minutes. So if it's a relay fix that puppy! good luck :D
more than likely the compressor is not starting, it has a starting device on the left side of the compressor which has a relay/overload called a relay, remove the relay and shake it , if it rattles it has gone bad. the relay/overload combination has gone bad and can be replaced with pro41 relay. if the compressor has a run capacitor just eliminate the capacitor when replacing with new relay. connection of the two wires makes no difference.
tough call but. the entire start relay kit and cap can be replaced. it is usually surrounded by metal and if it does fail is not a major source of concern as far as a fire. stink yes, but nothing around it to flame up and cause a major fire. performance can be checked immediately after parts are replaced, and if it starts ok then you are as safe as you would be with a brand new unit if it had the same problem!good luck
is the noise like a hum? touch the compressor if it is really hot, suspect relay/overload combination defective touch the little line that comes out of compressor if cold, suspect the above. if you change the relay/overload combination, and works fine there's your problem. hope to se of some help.