Question about GE Refrigerators
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hello, This problem is going to be as you suspected the relay. This part is fairly cheap around $30 if you are going to do the fix yourself. The relay is mounted to the side of the compressor. I would change both the overload and relay because of the burning smell you had. If you have an appliance tech in to look at it I would say it's going to cost some where in the region of $150-$200. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to comment again. Good Luck!!! Mike
Posted on Sep 09, 2009
SOURCE: I have an Amana bottom
If the coils were really dirty, the compressor is probably just overheated. Let it cool down overnight then try again. If it still won't stay running it needs serviced. Could be the start relay or internal overload/overheat sensor in the compressor. If the coils were really dirty and it was used like this for a long time, the compressor could be damaged. It is almost never worth replacing a compressor in a home refrigerator.
Posted on Jul 03, 2008
SOURCE: Fridge working but not cooling.
The white component you see , is the problem . That is the overload/relay . These short due to power surges , dirty coils in the front bottom of refrig , or just by age . They short , to save the compressor , when one of these happens . The part number you need is # 8201786 . This part just prys off (maybe one wire clip ) , easily replaceable with instructions included with the part .
Posted on Sep 06, 2009
As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.
If your refrigerator is running but warm, then…
Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...
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Posted on Aug 19, 2010
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