Question about Refrigerators
Local Viking authorized service performed maintenance, changed water filter. Tech thinks problem is what is probably a thermistor, located under a plastic cover on the left inside wall, top rear, and looking like an old-fashioned power transistor, but with only two male spade terminals. I checked its resistance and got 60K ohms cold, which dropped to under 40K as it warmed. Altitude here is 6300 ft.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: GE Refrigerator Compressor Inop.
I found this post by searching on the capacitor number, JSU21X126AQC. My 2001 Kenmore refrigerator (don't have model# here) compressor didn't run, but I heard it hum for a few seconds and then a click. That's the Klixon overload doing its job. I measured resistance of the compressor leads same as original poster. This lead me to determine that the windings were not open or shorted. The wiring to the compressor also fed the condenser fan, and it was running, so power was at least all the way to the compressor.
What I did find was that the 12uF capacitor was only 4uF. My digital volt meter has a capacitor check range. This compressor circuit is a permanent split capacitor type. Without the proper capacitance, the compressor can't start. I replaced it with a 10uF, 220v AC capacitor I had, and now it runs fine. I wonder how many refrigerators are scrapped because of this inexpensive problem?
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
Your problem seems to be fairly common but you may find a solution on the website at the link below:
I linked to that page because of the recall that affects your model and I suggest you read consider it before you worry any further about the problems you are having. You can link to their home page from the recall message.
Posted on Jan 03, 2010
Testimonial: "thank you for the information I linked to the home page as directed and found the thermistor resistance reading."
It looks as if your drain tube has stopped up and the water is finding the next easiest route. The drain tube runs from the freezer area, down the back of the fridge to the lower area near or on top of the compressor where it evaporates. Some food may have gotten stuck in the tube. If you can get to the back of the fridge and see the tube (it may be in the wall) you may be able to dislodge it. There also may be a place in the refrigerator where it drips from the freezer to a funnel in there. It depends. But that is normally what happens when the refrigerator goes into defrost. It fires up cow-rod coils in the freezer area and keeps the frost off the coils thats why they call it frost free. the water then runs down the tube. Start checking there first.
Posted on Feb 01, 2010
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