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Hotpoint side-by-side Frig/frz won't get cold.

The evaporator fan is running and the condenser fan will
turn on for a couple of seconds and turn off. The defrost control knob has been broken off and I'm not sure what position that should be in. I don't know the model number but do have the service manual schematic. It's probably 10 years old. Would appreciate any help at all, it was a mothers day gift that so far has gone bad.

Jeff

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  • jeff_montice May 18, 2009

    Where is the relay located, at the bottom back right hand side?

    Jeff


  • jeff_montice May 18, 2009

    How do I test the relay? The relay has 2 orange wires on 1 side and a white w/ red stripe on the other side. The relay plugs into 2 pins going into the compressor.

  • jeff_montice May 18, 2009

    The relay pin holes tested zero whether it was upside down or not. what does flipping the relay in my hand have to do with anything? Should I test the sensor?
    Jeff


  • jeff_montice May 18, 2009

    The reading is 0 in either situation. We removed the sensor from the compressor and the fan runs steady. Does this mean the relay is bad?
    Jeff

  • jeff_montice May 18, 2009

    Thanks, I will replace the relay and let you know what happens.
    Thanks again,
    Jeff


  • Robert Moller
    Robert Moller May 11, 2010

    Sounds like a bad relay.

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Black box on compressor

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  • Robert Moller
    Robert Moller May 18, 2009

    Use an ohm meter. Put one lead in each hole take a reading should read infinity. Turn the relay upside down and see. Should read zero.

  • Robert Moller
    Robert Moller May 18, 2009

    Turning the relay closes the contacts. Sounds like they are stuck closed.

  • Robert Moller
    Robert Moller May 18, 2009

    Time to replace the relay.

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