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Compressor isn't working, getting voltage,relay,cap., and overload test good, comp. OHMs out good. is it possible to jump start the comp by hooking black to com on comp. white to run and jump white to start for just a sec. to see if comp. will start?

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No, white to com, black to the run terminal, and to the start through the capacitor. I suggest you also have a 15-amp fuse or breaker in the line for protection. Given that you say the relay, cutout, and cap check out, and you say there is continuity through the compressor, I have to think that there is a high-resistance connection in the circuit that feeds the compressor. Suspect bad connection at the thermostat or the defrost timer. Be careful, and work with one hand behind you back so you do not receive a dangerous shock.

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Hello Katie;

My name is Peter; I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

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