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My compressor is getrting real hot, the realy is also bad, i managed to make the fridge to work the fans worked the compressor was making noise again like a buzzing sound that it normally makes. but t

I TRIED TO FIX THE FRIDGE AND WHAT HAPPENED WAS MY COMPRESSOR STARTED WORKING AGAIN SO I THOUGHT, NO COLD AIR WAS BEING MADE. BUT THE COMPRESSOR WAS MAKING NOISE SO I THOUGHT I FIXED IT. THE NEXT MORNING I WOKE TO FEL THE COMPRESSOR AND IT AS VERY HOT TO TOUCH, AND STILL NO COLD AIR, I NOW KNOW THE RELAY SWITCH IS BAD IT RATTLES. AND SPARKS. I TOOK IT OUT AND ORDERED ANOTHER ONE, MY QUESTION IS ABOUT THE COMPRESSOR, BECAUSE IT GOT SO HOT IS IT ALSO SHOT?

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  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    WOW SORRY FOR THE MISSPELLING LOL.

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    OK ONCE AGAIN, I PLAYED WITH THE RELAY SWITCH LAST NIGHT THE COMPRESSOR WOULD NOT COME ON. SUDDENLY IT DID SO I LEFT IT ALONE. NEXT MORNING I WENT TO SEE IF IT WAS WORKING, AND IT WAS NOT ONLY A HOT COMPRESSOR AND NO COLD AIR. NEXT I REMOVED THE RELAY SWITCH AND SHOOK IT AND YES IT MADE RATTLE SOUNDS, MY ONLY QUESTION IS NOW THAT THE COMPRESSOR GOT SO HOT HAVE I DESTROYED THAT TO?

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    can i bypass the relay till i can get one? i got one today from ebay but it to was a bad relay it turned red and burnt up, i shook it when i opened the package and yes it rattled so i knew it was bad, i installed it anyways and the compressor kicked on for few seconds and then clicked off, the relay was red, hot! i wonder can i bypass this relay till i can offord another one,?

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 08, 2012

    No! Do not bypass it! If there should happen to be a problem with the compressor, you burn the unit up or even worse, the house!

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    thank you Richard Roth i just thought i could bypass it for a while. this is really sad, i lost all my food because of the storm and now i bought a relay from ebay and it did not work. i now gotta send it back, while the cost was 42 bucks, and said to work. i installed it and it turned red hot. and the coils also turned red then shared black. now i gotta pay shipping to send it back. what a bad month this has been but thanks man,

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 08, 2012

    I feel bad for you. I let you in on a secret that will fix the refrigerator for about 1/4 of the cost of the replacement relay. Take a look at this 3 in 1 relay.http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/H... This is what i use all the time for the refrigerators. It will never burn out and will reset itself. It will replace the start relay, run capicator and over load relay. (3 in 1) and it is only like $16.00! You can find them at alot of shops if you call around. I would never pay the $40.00 - $50.00 for 1 relay while this is on the market. Get one of those instead of the start relay. You won't be disappointed!

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    wow richard, i had no idea and thanks, i would have done that, but i did call around and nobody said this, and everyone said i had to replace that relay as well as saying they have discontinued it, so what your saying is i can completely remove that relay and use a 3 in one part? i am so upset that i did not investigate more before getting ripped off and i thank you so very much i am absolutly sure this will solve the issue.,but now i have to wait until i get paid again to order this 3 in one part you showed me, again i thank you so very much i am very greatful to you for showing me this, is this 3 in one part hard to wire up? or does it simply go on those 3 prongs that the old relay was on? well im uploading a pic to you to show you what i payed 42 bucks for its a complete joke. , WOW RICHARD THANKS..

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    this is what i payed for. a broken relay,

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 08, 2012

    That is a sad looking relay. Did you use PayPal when you ordered it? If so, you can file a grievance with them and get your money back. When you file a grievance, the seller cannot except any more PayPal transactions until it is cleared up. Let me find some installation instructions that are easy understand and I will post them back to you.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 08, 2012

    OK, here is the brand I use. This is for a 1/2 horsepower so it should work well for you and the cost is $14.25 plus the shipping of $11.14 so the total would be $25.39. You might want to call around your area to see if it is available locally to you. The next post is a video that shows you how to install it.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 08, 2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MYNecMts...

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 08, 2012

    Grasp the 3 'n 1 relay box, and locate the five wires protruding from it. There are three color-coded wire plugs (red/positive, black/negative and blue/neutral) to match the terminals on the compressor, as well as two wires (red/positive, black/negative) that match the two wires protruding from the compressor.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 08, 2012

    Strip back the insulation 1/2 inch on the red and black wires protruding from the relay box, using wire strippers. Match the red wire on the relay to the red wire on the compressor, and the black wire on the relay to the black wire on the compressor. Twist each wire together until they are firmly attached. If necessary, use a pair of pliers to twist the wires together. Add wire caps to each set of wires.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 08, 2012

    Connect the red wire plug to the positive terminal on the compressor. Then connect the black wire to the negative terminal, and the blue wire to the neutral terminal. Refer to the compressor's wiring diagram for the exact location of each terminal.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 08, 2012

    Stuff the wires carefully into the refrigerator cabinet. Place the relay box inside the cabinet next to the compressor unit. Vacuum out all dust and debris from inside the refrigerator cabinet and be sure the coils and fan are clean!

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 08, 2012

    Keep me posted Scott.

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    ok richard i just ordered this part, i will keep you posted, and again thanks, but if you could would it be possible to drawl out a pic of how to install this 3 in one unit. the video is a bit confussing, i need to see step by step instructions in how to connect the wires to the 3 prongs were the old relay was. i am sorry to trouble you. as well how do i rate your help i would give this 10 stars if possible,.youve been awesome and i thank you so very much.

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    hello again richard i just had to argue with the seller, he was about to refuse a reurn of broken item. i had to contact ebay to start a report. they said to send this item back via post office since the weight was only 3 ozs. and that they will open a case, and make sure that the credit card gets payed back. again i thank you for your help. so it looks rather easy to install this 3 in 1 part i do hope i can understand how to do it and hope it comes with instructions. i wonder if i can find this part at a local store

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 09, 2012

    I will help you with it it comes. I will be here or better yet, get me thru the "contact us" link on my website athttp://appliancecafe.com since we are not allowed to give our email address out. I will find some easy instructions for you or I can walk you thru it so don't you worry!

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 09, 2012

    The 3 in 1 will also have instruction with when it arrives.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 09, 2012

    Take a look at this video. It is a lot better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABIMHfZf7...

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    your sir are awesome.

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    whoops i meant you sir are awesome,

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 09, 2012

    Why thank you!

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    dear richard will this one work?...http://www.ebay.com/itm/Q-E-REFRIGERATIO... (going to order soon but needed to ask first). thanks again.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 10, 2012

    I would get this one. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hard-Start-Kit-R... This is the only kind I use and I know that they are reliable.

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    done thanks again, you are a life savor, the compressor is running and the lines feel cold, but the compressor gets hot after a while of running it the way i am trying to run it, what i have done is put the old one back on and it will spark a little but after a while it kicks in and runs but again it done get cold in the fridge, do you think my compressor is also bad? it does make a noise and lines do get cold but fridge wont get cold, fans are also running, but i am ardering this part now and again thanks,

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    wow spell check lol

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    ok i just ordered this. i seen a supco part, as well it was 7.99 but i went with your idea, i sure do hope this works for me. i am a bit worried due to the fact i do hear my compressor making noise but no cold air is being made, plus it is getting hot to touch the base, i hope this has everything to do with a bad relay. i see that these 3 in one parts make older compresors last longer, i had no idea, again i really thank you for all your assistance, \

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 10, 2012

    This should work for you. The 3 in 1 as more start power and running power so it should get that compressor running correctly. If this doesn't work, well I hate to say it but the compressor would be going out. But, I have faith!!

  • Fredric Flinstone aka scott cassell

    yes faith is good, now i wait on the part to come, what i hate is that i ordered it from ebay again lol. says new never used, i dont trust to well those online stores. but i do trust in god to lead me in the right direction, and you sir were that direction, i would have been lost without your help, while i asked everyone about another way to get this thing working, when you said "i will let you in on a secrite" you were not kiding lol.

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No telling til you replace the start relay.

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    Thank you for using FixYa!

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