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Fridge just quit!

A couple of days ago our freezer wasn't feeling very cold. Then it stopped working all together. Now the fridge is done for also! I'm hoping that there is a fix beside replacing the whole thing!! PLEASE help!!!

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  • butrflykises Jan 26, 2009

    I didn't notice any strange sounds. I put an ice tray in the freezer Thursday night and when I woke up Friday morning, I noticed that the ice tray wasn't frozen and that the freezer was starting to defrost. By the end of the day on Friday the fridge was starting to feel warmer. On Saturday morning, everything in the freezer had to be thrown away! We unplugged it for a couple of hours. When you open the door, the lights come on and I can hear the fan moving. Also, we took the back panel off and the compressor is burning hot, does this mean anything?

  • Ken Bledsoe May 11, 2010

    Like peyton said the PTC relay is bad. Part cost around 25 bucks pretty straight forward to replace.

  • peyton thompson
    peyton thompson May 11, 2010

    is the unit operationg at all ( fan motors lights etc...) if so do you hear any strange noises such as a humming and clicking noise, or do you see frost build up on back wall of freezer compartment.? peyton

  • Ken Bledsoe May 11, 2010

    Did it make a clicking noise before it quit? In the last week or so.

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Yes it does! most likely the start relay is bad on the compressor, its a little box attached to side of compressor. pull this off and shake to see if it rattles inside. if so just replace the relay pt#8201786 this kit  has good instructions for replacing the part. good luck peyton. also while you have it pulled apart verify that the fanmotor by the compressor is running..

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