Question about Engel Freezer 22 Qt. Fridge/Freezer
Compressor stopped working and it has a three pin electrical connection on the 'black tub'. What are these individual pins, i.e positive, negative,?. I want to understand how to wire it up directly without the relay etc - to see if it works. Thanks
I think you'll find the relay is there to start the pump by switching the mains to the shorter winding in the motor, hence three terminals. Once the pump is running the relay "drops out" and the motor runs on the longer winding. Check with a multimeter if the windings are intact. There's no Positive and Negative for AC operated devices i.e. it doesn't matter which way around the power (live and neutral or Hot and Cold) goes in but Earth or Ground MUST be correct. Dont kill yourself!!
Posted on Sep 26, 2007
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Refrigerator making clicking noise compressor not running.
The clicking could be the start relay.If the start relay is bad, the compressor will not start and you will hear a clicking noise in 2-5 minute intervals. The clicking noise is the overload cutting the compressor off when it overheats from trying to start with a bad start relay. To find out if this is bad first unplug the refrigerator. Remove the lower cover from your refrigerator. Then take the cover off that is on the side of the compressor,you will see wires going to this. Now you should be able to see the start relay plugged on to the side of the compressor and unplug it. Now the best way to tell if it's bad is to shake it. If it rattles, it's bad and needs to be replaced. If not, most of the time it's ok. But rather than saying the compressors bad, you might want to replace it anyways because it does not cost much. A quick check on the compressor is to remove the start relay. You will see 3 pins connect a multi meter set for continuity. You should have continuity between any of the 3 pins. If you do not the compressor is bad. Also check from each pin to a good ground on the cabinet. There should be no continuity if there is the compressor is bad. If you replace it and it doesn't work then the compressor is bad and you'll need to call a repairman. (Note that compressors are very costly and are normally not worth fixing).You can enter your model # at Refrigerator clicking for diagrams and illustrations or to purchase a start relay. A 3 in 1 start relay will also work fine.
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