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I have the same problem. How do I get it fixed or should I buy a new refrigerator? Light wt get cold.

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  • lhershey14 Apr 18, 2009

    How do I know if the compressor is working?

  • lhershey14 Apr 19, 2009

    If it is a bad compressor switch what should that cost me in labor and parts? Is it worth fixing?

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Part of the relay switch can become so overheated that it fuses to the compressor terminals.
Pull the refrigerator away from the wall so you can remove the lower back cover.

Unplug your refrigerator first!

Once you have the back cover removed you will be able to see the compressor.

The start relay will be located on the side of the compressor. The start relay shown on this side by
side whirlpool refrigerator is white and has a white and red wire going to it.

Remove the old start relay by pulling it off by hand. If it does not pull of by hand easily you may

have to put the tip of a flat blade screw driver between the start relay and the body of the
compressor to help pry it off. Most of the time you can remove them without any force.

Shake the relay, if it rattles, then its definitely bad.




LESS THAN $ 500 TO FIX!!!!!!! WITH COMPRESSOR, EVEN CHEAPER IF IT'S JUST A RELAY

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Apr 20, 2009

    The sound you here every minute or so is probably the compressor trying
    to start. If it won't start and you have installed a new relay, then
    the compressor has problems. In some cases a special start relay called
    a "Hard Start" relay can get some compressors started. However, there
    is no guarrantee. If the compressor is bad, it is, in most cases, not
    worth replacing.

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If the refrigerator is not cooling at all , start ensuring that thermostat settings are ok, and that door gasket is insulating.

Possible faults that can cause same problem concern the thermostat/timer , the overload, relay, or capacitor, the defrost timer.

Try to understand if the compressor is kicking in. If the compressor is working all the time, but there is no cooling , then problem is the compressor. If the problem is the compressor, that is under warranty for three years, in that case call the phone number listed on the owners manual to have it replaced.
If the fridge is over three years old, then replacing the compressor may be expensive.

If the compressor is not even starting, then problem is the thermostat/timer , the overload relay or capacitor, the defrost timer.
In that case the part is not expensive, and the repair can be done in about one hour by a technician, providing that he already knows what is wrong and has the part.

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Posted on Apr 18, 2009

  • Ginko
    Ginko Apr 18, 2009

    The compressor is located at the bottom side at the back of the fridge, you know that is working because you hear the motor kicking in and running. If it is running all the time and there is no cooling, then you have a bad compressor. If it is clicking but does not start, then it is a bad compressor switch solenoid, or capacitor, this are tested using a multimeter.
    If the compressor kicks in only sporadically, then it is a thermostat, defrost system or control pcb problem.


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