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Compressor gets hot. The overload protector was replaced and the PTC starter

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Frig wont get cold starter over load is clicking

first, remove ptc overload/relay (starter) off the compressor,then check compressor terminals on compressor by taking an ohm-meter and checking the terminals for resistance first one meter to the single terminal and one lead to each of the other terminals one at a time, then the meter leads between the two terminals there will be about 5 to 11 ohms on the first readings and a combined resistance on the second reading,then one lead to the compressors metal case and the other lead to each terminal there should be no resistance at all,if the readings are in line then simply replace the starter ptc

Nov 04, 2012 | Maytag Refrigerators

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I have an Oster Compact Refrigerator Model OR3005L3B that stoped working while I was away on a two week business trip. The interior is warm with no fans running. The compressor is very warm/almost hot to...

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.
The compressor is attempting to start but not rotating. The click you hearing is the compressor thermal overload cycling. The start cycle shoud repeat about every 4 minutes initiating a start cycle for 15 to 40 seconds and then repeat again in approximately 4 - 6 minutes.
When a compressor will not start there can be many reasons:
1. The PTC start relay has failed
2. The run capcitor has failed
3. The compressor rotor is locked from an internal failure.
4. Wiring at the compressor connection has been hot and does not provide enough startig current.

As of Jan 2009 oster is no longer able to support their mini-frigde units as the manufacturer filed bankruptcy. They direct you to for parts. I check the apwagner site and the do not list any oster models.

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I will say that you can hand carry the PTC relay, overload and capacitor to most any appliace parts sourc and find a replacement.

I would do a resistance check of the the compressor terminals to the case of the compressor looking for shorts to the body of the compressor (none allowed)
I would then replace the PTC Relay and {run capacitor if used} If it still did not start then the compressor is locked. A new compressor, coolant, service call and labor would be at least 2 times what the unit cost new. ( What stinks about buying a new PTC relay and capacitor and then finding out the compressor is locked up; means your out the cost of the parts just to troubleshoot. The troubleshooting process forces us to change the PTC relay capacitor and often the Kixon Thermal overload protector just to end up with the compressor is locked diagnosis. There is no other way sadly.

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Aug 22, 2011 | Refrigerators

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The freezer defrosted, and doesn't seem to be getting cold air. The refregerator appears to not getting cold air either.

replace the ptc overload relay on the compressor as it may sound like its running,but isnt,it merely unplugs and a new ptc plugs in place,it aids in compressor motor starting and running

Apr 10, 2011 | Refrigerators

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Both refrigerator and freezer are not cold fan works.

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

If the fans are running then there is usually power to the compressor providing that all the wiring is good.

The PTC and Overload Protection Assembly are most often the cause of this problem. Item 810 this link:

However.. the compressor itselfcan also be the problem if the rotor is locked. Look on the compressor label and you will see the letters LRA followed by a number usually 14.7 to 20 amps. That is the locked rotor amperage and if the unit is drawing this amount of amperage the compressor is not starting due to a locked rotor. If you have a locked rotor the only remedy is compressor replacement. There is a resistance test to see if the compressor is shorted internally. The PTC and Thermoal overload are removed from the compressor terminals and you red from pin C to the other 2 terminals and then to the case of the compressor. C to pins 1 (S) or 2 (R) must read resistance. If pins S or R read to the case then the compressor is shorted internally and must be replaced.
The run capacitor, Item 821 of the above link can also be the problem. The run capacitor should read resistance momentarily and then move to infinity each time the meter leads are reversed.

Check for signs of burned or very pot terminals on the PTC and thermal overload assy. It they ahve been hot.. repair the wriing and replace both the PTC / Thermal overload assembly AND the run capacitor provided the compressor passes the resistance checks. Any in home appliannce repair technician will do this in the process of troubleshooting.

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My freezer is not getting cold i'm confused as to if a is the coldest or c...I know that sounds dumb...but for sum reason its not getting cold no matter which way i go a or c

replace the ptc overload relay combination plugged into the compressors side in the rear area of the units base with an exact replacement ptc overload relay,just be sure to unplug the unit from the wall first,it merely unplugs out of 3 connections on the compressor after removing the spring wire that holds it in place on the compressor

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6786bbSorry to read about your problem. you can have many different problems.
1. Bad temp control
2. Failing compressor
3. Defective start cap
4. Defective overload protector
5. Defective control board

I suggest you call a service company.

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Dec 22, 2010 | Refrigerators

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Not cooling

your ptc overload on your compressor has gone out and needs replacement,locate the compressor and unplug the overload off the compressor and take it to an appliance parts place and purchase the correct replacement ptc overload and plug it back in and your good to go

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