Question about Maytag MSD 2655 HES 26 cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Elevator¿ Shelf: Stainless Steel Side by Side Refrigerator
Do you think I can get away with replacing capacitor or do you think compressor is the problem.
To answer your question I have used standard capacitors (metal cased) to replace the ones used on domestic refrigerators and had no adverse effects. The only consideration is wiring length and physical size.
First Check the voltage to the compressor. Usually just 2 wires. If you do not have voltage and you are sure it should be running (it is turned on and plugged in) Check the controller (thermostat or Sensor/board assembly) because your problem is not with the compressor as of yet.
Assuming you have power to the compressor and the fan motor there is running up to speed the coils under neath are clean here are the items to look for to check out your compressor:
Getting to this step: Either your compressor is broken inside or the start components are not working properly. Ohm the compressor terminals to ground and across to each other.
If any read anything to ground the compressor is bad.
Your readings between the compressor terminals should all be different and you should have 1 low 1 medium and 1 high resistance reading.
Add the low and mid reading together and the sum should be close to the highest reading. If it reads say 20% more or less then retest it a couple of times to confirm your not slipping on the terminals.
Assuming the above checks out: Get a new Start relay (start capacitor if so equipped) relay and overload (and capacitor if it has one) In other words everything that is external and attached to the wires or terminals on the compressor, and replace them on to the compressor. Then if it starts problem solved if it still does same thing the compressor is bad (broken mechanically inside the compressor) and you have to decide to replace compressor or replace the refrigerating compressor be it AC or Refrigeration.
A few times I have gotten a compressor to start after leaving it off for 6 to 12 hours then retrying it. See the compressor unless left off for 6 to 12 hours and sometimes as long as 24 hours Is tight due to linear expansion from heat. And about 1/2 the time it is ok after new start components are installed. The other 1/2 the compressor will be ok for a day or 2 then stop again. Most likely from a “hard spot” in the movement of the internal parts in the compressor.
30 years of doing refrigeration and this has not changed.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
In most cases this is caused when the compressor oveload
and start relay fail. In some of these cases a run capacitor is also needed to
be replaced. Click Here=> 12002784 Relay and Overload
Kit and here=> 65889-4 Run Capacitor How you find this problem is to pull
refrigerator away from wall and then quickly unplug, remove lower paper cover
at bottom of refrigerator back covering compressor and fan w/condenser. Place
hand on top of compressor and if too hot to keep hand there replace compressor
start components listed above. Sometimes the run capacitor is not needed
changed but will either changed or have someone do a capacitance test to
determine if needed. If helpful please rate, Thanks Sea Breeze
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