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Digital reading stays at 39 degrees so cooler compressor doesnt kick on

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  • MEshleman Mar 02, 2009

    Adjusted thermostat and reading stays at 39. I dont know how or where the thermostat is located to check. Plus I dont have the tools to do this.

  • MEshleman Mar 02, 2009

    Digital reading stays at 39 degrees so cooler compressor doesnt kick on. Have adjusted thermosta to no avail. Even have unplugged unit overnite and the setting stays within a couple of degrees of 39F.Consequently the compressor doesnt run long enough to cool items. Sometime digital number radomly go as low as lower 20's as if thermosta no working properly. Dont nknow where thermosta is located plug do not have tools or eqpt ot check if properly functioning..Please help

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Hi and thanks for coming to FixYa.

I would check your thermostat. The thermostat checks to make sure how cold the unit is and when it reaches the desired temperature, it kills the power to the compressor.
It is located directly behind the temperature selector. If you don't have the tools to check it and/or not sure how, then just replace it. It's easy to and doesn't cost much money.
Make sure you unplug the refrigerator. Take the temperature control off, it should just take common philips screwdriver. Get to it and remove the power leads. (Write down the color combination so you don't forget.) Got to an appliance repair shop and show it to them. It should have the numbers on it so you get the same one. If not, they can look it up at the shop. Then take it home and replace. Don't worry, it's easier than you think. Let me know how it goes!

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As you stated compressor does not  kick on check out this Compressor won't run or it is "clicking' on and off: This normally could be a bad start relay and over load for the compressor, dirty condenser coils need cleaning, condenser fan motor is not running or the compressor itself. To check the compressor properly you should test it with an amp meter, each compressor is rated in running amps  ( see model/serial tag or the sticker on the compressor )...if the compressor is drawing too much current, this may be why it is shutting off. Check the model tag for proper amp rating. Some relays will be easy to notice the broken with them, they may be burnt. Example oneexample twoexample three. Some of these relays can be removed and give them a little shake, and if they rattle around inside the relay is likely bad. Compressors can also seize and click on and off or one of the electrical windings inside the compressor could have opened up. You can use a test cord to help check the compressor and this also will help with the amp test. If the compressor checks ok and you want to install areplacement start relay. You will need to find out which winding is which. You will need an ohm meter to determine the windings. First check to see if you have windings in the compressor. Then check to see if they are grounded. If the compressor has windings and they are not grounded, you can find which winding is which. Check for grounded windings by reading from each terminal to a good ground on the cabinet. Read from the top terminal to the lower left terminal. Read from the top terminal to the lower right terminal. Read from the lower left terminal to the lower right terminal. Write down the resistance of each reading as you go. The highest reading you get will be the run and start winding of the compressor in series with each other. The other terminal left will be the common terminal. Read from the common terminal to each of the other terminals. The terminal with the lower resistance will be the run winding. The higher resistance the start winding. Using the original style relay is always preferred, but using a general replacement can "get you by" if needed.
A few things to check for is - power at the outlet, check for 120 volts. If the light inside the fridge works, the defrost timer,cold control and possibly the wiring are the most common things that can make a fridge sit there and be "dead", not running. The defrost timer might be stuck in defrost, turn the timer screw to advance the timer and if the fridge comes back on, replace the defrost timer. You can join the wires together to by-pass the cold control for a test, if the fridge comes on, replace the cold control.

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The thermostat cycles the refrigerator on and off. The refrigerator normally runs as long as the temperature inside the refrigerator is higher than the set temperature. If the temperature inside the refrigerator is cold enough and the thermostat still does not cycle off, the thermostat may be defective. If so, you need to replace it, because it cannot be repaired. If the thermostat is not defective, you may have a problem with the sealed (refrigerant) system,.
and you will have to replace the thermostat.its faulty.

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The temperature sensor is possibly faulty, have you considered replacing the sensor to see if that solves the problem?

How the warranty? is it out?

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

  • Ekse Mar 02, 2009

    That was my mistake, the temperature sensor is not related to this at all. Suggest to follow ginkos advice in this case. Thank you, please repost over my solution.

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Hi there,

adjust the thermostat, chect and test if this part is faulty

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That means that you may have a faulty thermostat.

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