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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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  • jstiehr Mar 04, 2009

    Reading previous posts on this model, my symptoms - loss of cooling, hear click, but no compressor noises - sounded similar. In their case, changing the relay solved the problem. So I figured for ~$40, I could try a simple fix and hoped to avoid a major repair bill.

    I'm certainly open to other suggestions or would be happy to check other possibilities.

  • Shane Seaman May 11, 2010

    What makes you believe that the starter relay is broken? Please give more detail about the problem.


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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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