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Start relay problem

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My start relay on my Kenmore is bad, it's melted, black, stinks and rattles. The original part I removed from the refrigerator is part number 2212194. I wen to Sears and they sent me parts 2188830 and 2188829. In the directions it tells me to use part number 2154697 but they didnt send that one. The two relays they did send have one less wire connection and different wire connections then the original. What am I missing? Any help is much appreciated! Thanks!

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  • dalmobile Feb 14, 2009

    Hi - I have similar problem. I got start relay/overload switch combo 2154697. I need help in figuring out how to connect the red and white wires now.

    1. where does each wire go
    3. The start relay has three possible places I can plug the wire. They are marked #1, #2, #3, #4. On once side there are two prongs and the other side has only one.

    thanks.

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Ok jason 1st does your relay have the capacitor sitting on top if yes then open bag 282383 and use the one that has the same color dot on top of relay and good to go.
now if you have the one with capacitor off the the relay then open bag282382 and if you compressor rating is egy80 use 2187145 and if it is egy90 then use 2154697 now to use this type there is a white jupmer cable that you will have to connect to the whit wire because the connctor is different size ok red wire goes on the overload thats is the white part and the white jumper goes on the left side and the blue wire goes on the right side og relay that's the small black little box and that is all if you want to use the cover you can if not you dont have too . let me know if that helpfull ok

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