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Refrigerator Model #KSRA25ILSS03. How much and how difficult is it to replace a starter relay?

How much and how difficult is it to replace a starter relay for a kitchenaid refrigerator?

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A 3 in one start relay usually runs about $75 and it is not that difficult to replace if you are sure that this is the problem there is also the chance that the compressor could be damaged. you do not want to replace just the relay as there is also an overload circuit the 3 in 1 starters have everything in it and good instructions as far as which wire goes where you have 2 wires for 120 volt in and then three connection on the compressor

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