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Check voltage if good change compressor

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Refrigerator is not cooling. Compressor comes on than off after 20-30 seconds

you need to replace the ptc overload relay replaced on the compressor as this component is getting weak and is cutting out,it uses temperature vs. heat to protect the compressor from a no start or when the compressor cant operate on the run windings and overheats,then this ptc overload relay cuts out the compressor to protect it,it will keep trying to start the compressor till the ptc burns out,it just unplugs off the compressor and a new replacement plugs back in

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I have a Kenmore Coldspot Model 106.7629461 Here's the problem: When the unit needs to run to keep the freezer/refrig cold, it does so for about 10-15 seconds. Then it shuts off for about 2-3 minutes. ...


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I hear the motor trying to turn on when it does it's very loud then it will go quiet and will not cool. it's only 5 years old whirlpool

Many Whirlpools have a bad start relay on the compressor.
Remove the relay and look for a burned spot on the relay.
If it is burned,replace the relay.

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My kitchen aid fridge was making a clicking noise and two days latter all the food started too defrost now it wont stay cold what do i need too do too fix it ?

The first thing I would do is check the compressor relay These relays give the power to multiple sets of windings in the compressor to get it going. The job of the relay is to drop out power to half of the windings when the compressor gets up to speed. This saves energy and keeps the compressor from overheating. Look for burned marks or smells and loose stuff rattling around in it as a indicator of a bad relay. Compress cold to the touch and compressor fan running is another indicator of a fail relay.

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Keeps burning out compressor relays

This is how compressor looks like inside, we took it a part, so we can understand what might be wrong with compressor when it does not work.

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I purchased an Amana refrigerator that has been making a humming noise and will not keep food cold or frozen. what' wrong? The model # is ABB1924DEB, and I purchsed it in 2005. is it included in their...

The recall was for units that had embraco compressors. the relay would burn up and not start the comperssor. (hum and click) some amanas had tecumseh compressors. They would just scize up and not run (hum and click)No recall. remove the back cover and see what name is on your compressor. If its hot and trying to start, Embraco needs new relay, Tecumseh needs to be replaced with a embraco compressor.

Dec 01, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Our Kenmore was purchased in Feb '08 specifically to run in the garage. Some months ago it stopped cooling though it continued to run. A repairman has told us the relay burnt out. Is this a problem others...

Relays burn out from trying to restart a compressor that's under load or bad. The problem is high amp draw and most relays can take only take so much abuse before they give it up. Here's what I think.
1. Your garage is unheated and in the winter it's very cold. Refrigerant will migrate to the coldest spot and if the garage is colder than the inside of the freezer, you are slugging the compressor with liquid refrigerant. This causes the relay to overheat and burn out. It's even worse for the compressor!
2. Your garage has poor ventilation and gets extremely hot in the summer. Excessive heat will cause a refrigerator to have to start under load every time it tries to remove heat from the inside of the cabinet. Most refrigeration systems are designed to operate at 90deg. tops. Over that they lose efficiency. If it gets over 90deg and stays there for long periods it will cause the compressor to start under a high load every single time. Even worse, if the refrigerator is coming off a defrost cycle the load will be even higher. This will cause the relay to overheat and burn out prematurely.
Relay's are an easy fix for me but for you it'll be a little confusing. There are three poles on the compressor labeled "C", "S" and "R" which stand for common, start and run. Replacement relays come in two types for fridges, (a) electronic and (b) solenoid type. The solenoid type is the easiest to replace because it only goes on one way. The electronic has three wires and they must go on the correct poles. The poles are as follows. From the upper left or top and going clockwise, common, start run. The wires should be common (black), start (white) and run (red)..Read the instructions first to make certain the the wires are the correct colors for the correct poles. (Find the "C" pole first then go clockwise!)
Personally, I'd check your warranty to see if it's covered first then have a good refrigeration repairman fix it. Afterwards I'd make certain that the temperature in your garage stays within 0-80 degrees respectively. Keep the condenser (the grill that's either behind the unit or under it) clean and clear. Never use any sharp objects to clean the condenser or evapoartor!
One other thing. There is supposed to be an overload with the relay. That could also cause the fridge not to cool. It's purpose is to shut down the compressor if it gets too hot or, open the relay's electrical circuit if the relay draws too many amps. My money's on the relay but you best change both.
I hope this helps.

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I have a Hotpoint RLA31 fridge which has just stopped working.

Although I feel you have checked all the fuses associated with your unit, there are other things that would keep the voltage from the compressor. When your refrigerator starts, power is applied to the start windings of the compressor via a starting relay. Once the compressor is started the relay switches to the run windings. In series of the start relay is an overload device preventing too much current draw. It may be possible that either your relay is broken, or your overload is not closing for some reason. You can buy these starting components for fairly cheap. So to answer your question, no there aren't any more fuses, but there is the overload.

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Kenmore Refidgerator is not cooling

let fridge cool down it sounds like the relay overload is bad try replacing it with a 3 n 1 start kit directions on the kit real easy to hook up... if the compressor starts then you are ok... hopefully the compressor is not burned out good luck

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