Question about Refrigerators
Model is Kenmore 596.50394000, sn: 003249175, thanks for telling me where to find it. based on previous info, i ordered relay kit with 2 relays for $50 which should arrive tomorrow. one of the relays does 'rattle' when shaken. if you're pretty sure it's the compressor, i should cancel the parts and look for another compressor more cheaply than from Sears, maybe online. Thanks for any other thoughts! to jog your memory, you responded this way to my buzzing compressor/shutoff problem:
The model you posted does not help me much but a rough estimate wouldbe (from Sears) about $400.00 for the compressor + about $225.00 ServCall and Labor. Possibly another $15.00 access valve and then tax.
The problem you have is that the compressor is locking up then it mayrun again for a short time. It will eventually lock up and not runagain. If you can prove it is (by receipt) that it is less than 5 yearsold, Sears will repair it free under the sealed system warranty.
The model # and serial # should be on a sticker in the top front of theref section.
thanks again, sir!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It will rattle slightly, this is normal. The ones that are burned out will sound like they have gravel in them, you can defininely tell something is wrong.
The problem with diagnosing Kenmore fridges with this problem is that there are different manufacturers. Yours is built by Frigidaire and probably has a Tecumseh compressor. We find more failed compressors with the Tecumsehs than we do with the models that have Embraco compressors. The models with Embraco's generally have more relay failures.
You should not hear the buzz/hum at startup. You will need to replace the compressor, which will be replaced at no charge to you if it is less than 5 yrs old.
If it is older than 5 yrs, you can have it replaced, but it will be almost as expensive as a new fridge. You can buy an aftermarket start device called a 3-in-1. This has a start capacitor built in to give it a little more boost on start up. I don't recommend using them unless it is a short term fix until the compressor can be replaced or if it is out of warranty and there is nothing to lose anyway.
Posted on Dec 06, 2007
This usually indicates that the compressor is working too hard and drawing too much current. The click that you hear is a safety shut-off. Possible causes of this are numerous and usually require having a professional come in to fix the issue, it can range anywhere from a faulty compressor to a bad start relay.
There is in most cases a temporary fix, it is called a hard start relay/capacitor. It is usually available from an appliance parts retailer for around $15 to $20. Installation instructions are included, just be sure to unplug your refrigerator first and make sure that someone following you can repair from where you left off. This relay assembly can normally get you up and running but it should not be used as a permanent fix. This will not correct for a refrigerant leak in the system.
Check your refrigerator owners manual before making any repairs or modifications to your refrigerator, there may be an extended warranty on the sealed system and compressor.
Posted on Aug 01, 2008
SOURCE: Start relay problem
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
Posted on Oct 15, 2008
The grommet simply holds the start relay in place. Unless it is torn, you won't need it. Likely the start relay. The buzzing is possibly the relay contacts on the start relay burning if the problem occurs when the compressor starts...although it could be the compressor making noise as well. You might try to "hear it out". The start relay gives a boost to the compressor by adding in another winding inside to 'kick' the compressor.
If all you hear is the buzz, you might just wait a bit to see what fails!
Posted on Nov 14, 2008
Could run as high as $800, material and labor. Tech providing service must have manufacturer OK if he is not a factory authorized rep. Since Haier is Canadian, that could be hard to find in the US. Tech must also be EPA certified to handle refrigerant. If you are not CERTAIN it is the compressor, also check the start relay/overload and capacitor. Same symptom but cheaper, easier fix.
Posted on Mar 03, 2010
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