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Have power to condensor fan, but no power to common on compressor, I get meter reading of around 15 volts!!  I have 120 volts going into coupling at bottom of refrigerator but only get 15 back to compressor!!   Evaporator fans work fine!!

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All compressors have a 1) Bi-metal t-stat and Most have 

2) Start-Capacitor assist with 3) Plug-in Start Relay.

 All 3 parts are available at Most Appliance Repair stores and are not that expensive. It is usually 1 of the 3 that has failed.

If your Condenser Fan is Running it is one of the three components or a burnt off wire ... Be Safe.


Good Luck.

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If you never feel the copper line off of the side of the compressor get hot then the unit has lost coolant.

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