How to remove and replace a start relay on KSCS25FJSS01
From another post, it sounds like I have a broken start relay on this fridge. I'm looking for advice on how to remove and replace the old one. I don't see how the cover unclips from the compressor to give access to the relay, Any advice, photos, links, etc would be appreciated as I don't want to break it and end up with more to repair than I already have. Also, if you have the part number (I think it's 4387871 from Sears), I'd appreciate that as well. Would be happy to chat or email about this off line.
If I need to call for service, what would/should something like this cost in Colorado? Any recommendations for a good repair outfit?
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Ok, give it a go. Some compressor covers have a shiny metal strip which keeps the plastic cover in place. This is unclipped simply with a small flathead screwdriver inserted to either side between the clip and the cover. Other covers have a slot on either side of the cover and again a small flat screwdriver inserted into the slot and a bit of pressure to one side to lever the latch lock away from the metal housing of the compressor. With a bit of jiggling either way you should be able to get the cover off without damaging it. From here on I would recommend you take a snapshot with your cellphone or camera so that it is easy to rewire the replacement. Take your sample down to any refrigeration spares shop and buy a replacement and fit. Simple as that.
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If you're talking about the compressor start relay, you simply need to remove it from they compressor and give it a shake. If it rattles and sounds like there are broken pieces inside, it needs to be replaced. MAKE SURE FRIDGE IS UNPLUGGED! Also, be careful not to touch both leads of the run capacitor, as the y retain voltage for a while even after fridge has been unplugged.
Unfortunatly that clicking is the overloads built into the compressor which is telling you that the rotor in the compressor is locked up and she ain't Going to run anymore. This happens when the compresser overhaets over time and the bearings get wear and the varnish on the windings gets worn down the the rotor sticks to the windings on start up. She is dead my friend, sorry for the bad news. New compressor in a fridge your looking at about $500-$800.
1-starter stuck. find a small hammer and hit to starter slowly few times. 2-neutral park relay is broken or its connection to shifter broken. find relay in relay box check for continuity. remove relay from its place give 12 volts to pin 85 and 86 you will normally hear a click sound. if no sound relay is broken.
If your hearing a clicking sound and it won't start your looking at either the relay switch for your compressor or the compressor itself. I recommand replacing the relay switch first to see if that solves your problem. Just look for the model number of your freezer, visit your local part store (reliable, amre) and ask them for the relay switch for the compressor. It should be under 20 bucks or so.
To install the part you first need to located the compressor. There should be an opening to the freezer somewhere in the bottom. Once you find the opening (after removing the cover) you should see a large cylinder metal container, this is your compressor. If the freezer unplugged located a small box attached to the compressor that looks similar to the relay you purchased from the part store. Remove the wiring for the old relay and then proceed to remove the relay (it should just be plugged in). Once it is removed place in the new relay. Plug back the fridge and see if your freezer works. If the problem persists it will be your compressor. You should have a professional have this replaced as it requires weilding and removal of the freon gas. The repair for a compressor job is $500 up.
I hope this helps and good luck. Please give positive feedback if this helps :)
James Memije Head Technician Accufix Appliance Service Centre www.accufixappliance.com
compressor won't start. Check the start device on compressor: Unplug the fridge, remove the cover on back, on the compressor (roundish black metal thing) there is a white box or brown relay with wires attached to it. Remove it and shake. If you see sand falling out of it - replace the start device. Model# is necessary for correct part number
The noise is the overload. The compressor is trying to start and because it cannot start the overload clicks when the circuit is broken to compressor. Yes the problem could be the relay. The relay should be beneath the cover where the wiring goes into compressor. It could also be the start capacitor that the relay uses to start the compressor. When the thermostat tells the compressor to start the relay momentarily come on with stored voltage to bump start the compressor. Once the compressor starts the relay opens to prevent the no longer stored voltage from going to compressor. In short we need to unplug the refrigerator and open back near compressor to view and remove the cover that the wires go into. Mark the wire connections and see if you can get one of your local refrigeration stores to check the capacitor and start relay. You can do all of these by purchasing a three in one start capacitor and relay designed for you refrigerators size. But before you do all of these things get back with me so we can test the compressors windings. Let me know, Thanks, Sea Breeze
ok you say the compressor sounds right?? there's probably a defective relay overload / start cap combination defective. if you go behind the the fridge and remove a small cover you will see the compressor with power disconnected look for frayed or burnt wires take the compressor cover off and you will see the wires just follow the 3 wires. you can buy a replacement relay/overload capacitor combination all you have to do is wire it any additional questions you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org