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I have a kenmore side by side and the electrical connection (box ) hooked to the compressor is burnt up. How do I tell if comp. is bad? Refride 5 yrs mold

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  • dgpark Jun 27, 2009

    model # 106.54512300

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Hi, If this unit is under 5 years, I would check on the warranty. These models have an issue with the relay burning out. Most likely it is the relay/overload switch. You can replace the switch and see if the compressor starts. If you call a repairman, he can test the compressor.
I hope this helps you. Please let me know if I can assist you further.

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I will help you test your compressor. I also will need the model number that Sears uses to identify their models. 213.256489 for example. Sea Breeze
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    John Tripp Jun 27, 2009

    Just as MAYTAG317 mentioned. The start relay and capacitor have issues with burning out. You can replace the parts. and give it a try. But if there is a problem with the compressor the problem will happen again. Testing the compressor for burnout. You will need to unplug and remember each connection you remove and be sure that they are replaced exactly as they were before testing. Behind the cover and with the start relay removed you need to check continuity or ohms between all three prongs two at a time. They are marked C=common R= run and S= start touch the probes to c&r then r&s & s&r again taking down the readings and any reading without a number or blank reading means open . After this touch one probe to each prong and the other to the copper pipeing ouside the compressor. any reading here indicates burnout. Hope this helps, Sea Breeze

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    John Tripp Jun 27, 2009

    I will have a YouTube short movie soon showing how to test compressors. Stay informed , I let you know, Sea Breeze

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If you have a hermetic checker you can if not its just a chance replace over load if it good it will start

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