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Jen air jcb2388gt compressor won't run

Fan runs replaced overload relay

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My parts lookup too has no images available for you refrig but i believe it to be a GE Profile with a fresh food fan (and air duct down the center of the fresh food side). All fan motors are 12vdc and run off the Lowvoltage side of motherboard. i assume you are checking voltage to comp from motherboard? How did you check relay?? Have you axcessed motherboard?? On the top of (I say top-- i belive its mounted horiz on yours but all the small wires are on the right) is all the low voltage fan motor, damper, control wiring On the bottom (or the left) side of the motherboard is the larger line voltage wiring. The connector with 3 wires is labeled def -- comp---line it should be blue. Try jumping L1 to comp. ((Just so ya know Def will energize the def heater regardless of compartment temp it does have a bimetal but it only a safety set at 100deg in case relay on board welds shut---it monitor evap compartment, frz, fresh food, (two seperate in FF) in your model))

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SOURCE: FRT18L4FW3 Frigidaire Compressor Kicking Off Prematurely

Sounds like it is either low on gas or it is tripping the internal overload which would mean you need a new comp. Check on warranty

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

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SOURCE: compressor runs constantly, fridge cools, but not as cold as new

If unit is running constantly, and not nearly as cold as it used to be, most likely a freon leak. Possibly a partially frozen over evap too. If evap is mostly clear except for about 5% of it, most probably a freon leak. Changing controls will probably not fix anything. Need to look into this a little deeper.

Good Luck and hope this gets it done for you.

Posted on May 10, 2009

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SOURCE: compressor doesn't run but fan does

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Posted on Nov 29, 2009

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SOURCE: compressor kicks off on overload/relay. Even after

are you sure the condenser fan is running correctly to move air over the condenser and is the condenser free of dust and dirt so it can cool properly from air movement from the fan

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Two causes for that situation. The compressor has a start relay and a overload mounted on the 3 prongs. When the relay/overload is bad, compressor will kick on, hum, then a click sound. The click is the overload. Or, the compressor is drawing too much power and the compressor is bad. 90% of time it's the relay/overload but you need to check and make sure fan is running by compressor and coils underneath are not clogged up. Poor air flow around compressor can cause overload to go bad.

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You need to check the overload relay, there is a plastic box on the side of the compressor with several wiring going into it. The overload relay fails often causing the compressor to try to restart every 3-5 minutes. If you remove this box on the side of the compressor and shake it, if it will rattle it's bad and needs to be replaced. Otherwise you just have a bad compressor, but most of the time it's the overload relay.

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To replace the replay just remove the old relay and install the new on and connect wire(s) to new one exactly as they were connected to old one, it is recommended that the overload also be replaced,but not necessary to see if the compressor will start. I begrudgingly say yes a 3n1 could be used and some will say thats fine but in my experience if a 3n1 is needed the compressor is on its last leg and adding a huge capicator onto something that never had it will send a dying compressor over the wall so quick, and money is wasted on the 3n1 and the end result is a dead compressor.
If you have a meter the relay and overload can be checked first, by checking for continuty on the relay by placing the meter leads into the 2 holes on the compressor where they fit onto the pins of the compressor and check for ZERO ohms resistiance and also zero ohms on the overload by a meter lead in where it fits on pin on compressor and on wire terminal where wire connects. Both relay and over load should have zero ohmsresistiance and continuty if good.

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Cut everything off for a few minutes then turn it back on and listen for a click from the compressor relay as the compressor tries to start.
Is the compressor motor running.If no check starter/overload relay. The relay is a small usually black cube shaped electrical part plugged into the compressor or wired to it nearby. It may appear burnt or rattle when shaken if it's bad. The two connections should show continuity with an amp meter. If it's good then it's most likely the compressor causing the problem.
Check to see if the condenser fan at the back underneath near the compressor is running. If no check fan.

Are the condenser coils near there warm or room temp. should be warm

Is the evaporator fan in the freezer running. It blows cold air into the fridge side through a damper in the wall between the freezer and fridge. Make sure the damper is open.

Below the evaporator fan is the evaporator coils. Remove the back cover in the freezer to observe the frost pattern. Light frost everywhere(NORMAL) or a partial pattern of ice(LOW ON FREON) or nothing(LOW FREON OR COMPRESSOR PROBLEM).
If it's iced up really heavy you have an auto defrost problem. Melt the ice with a hairdryer and check the defrost system.

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This is often found in small compressors when they heat up too much or too often. check to be sure the condenser coil is clear and has good airflow. If so and it still trips on overload then the compressor is bad. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Sounds like you mad have a bad relay or overload on the compressor. I would also check your condenser fan motor to make sure its running and blowing air on the compressor to cool it. If its not running the compressor may be overheating and shutting off on its overload. If the condenser fan motor is running I would assume that you would need a new relay and overload it will come in a kit. Usually it will make a clicking sound when the compressor is TRYING to start and then shuts off on its overload if the start components are bad.
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The easiest way to find this out , is to check the condenser. Make sure that the condenser is not clogged up with dust and that the condenser fan is working. Replace the start relay. Turn it back on. If it starts right up then it probably overheated and melted the relay due to the condenser fan not working or the condenser clogged with dust. Air circulation through the condenser and air being circulated over the compressor in how it cools itself. If the compressor will not start or if it runs for a little while and then shuts off from overheating, then you have a bad compressor.

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