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How do I get the red&white wires out of a Starter/overload assbly

How do I get the red and white wires out of a Starter/overload assembly for the compressor in a Frigidaire FRT21LRGW2 Fridge? This is what the wires look like:
and this is the Starter/Overload assembly: It isn't a plug, and I dont want to yank them too hard and tear off the conectors...
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  • bombtuckles Jul 16, 2009

    Got it! Thanks! Used a tiny flat head screwdriver and It was a breeze! You rock!



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It's very easy but alittle tricky. use something thin and hard. there's a small tab on those connecting clips that you must press down while pulling the wire out of the relay.if you have a replacement relay on hand, then go head and carefully crack open the relay in order to remove the wires.

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My bush BAFZ5585W just stopped working, it's not all that old and it's not the fuse, any ideas?

Hello Tracy;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration.
These units are nice, inexpensive and delicate.
There are not a lot of components to this unit.
1.) As a former service technician I have found the customer is not careful when defrosting. The manual states use a plastic spatula and a hair dryer. The refrigerant passes through the plates. Customers us hammers and screw drivers to remove the ice. The customer nicks the plates and the refrigerant leaks. Feel the plates. If you feel a oily clear substance you have a refrigerant leak. This repair will cost more than what you purchased the unit for.
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The compressor - You need a multi-meter to check the compressor. There are 3 pins on the compressor. Set the multi meter to the lowest setting on Ohms (The Omega Symbol). Put the two probe end together. You should get a reading of 1.0. Put the probe on two pins of the compressor. Record this reading. Ten the next set, record this reading and then the third set. There will be one high reading and two lower readings. If the two lower readings add up within reason to the high reading the compressor is good.
With the compressor and overload, sometimes you have to purchase both at a cost of $250.00. In this case you are better off to buy a new unit.
The temperature control T thermostat is difficult to check. If all of the previous component check out then this is your problem.
Peter, Baltimore, MD, USA

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I have model TFU12MOAW3 upright freezer and it does not run. I tested the voltage from the freezer control to the compressor relay and I have 120 volts. Could tell me how I can test this relay (P/N...

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Welcome to FixYa.

I suspect by your description the freezer either has a faulty overload protector as you mentioned (no there is no reset) or the compressor itself is seized.

If you feel like you can trouble shoot further I`ve provided the following info to assist you or you may decide to call a professional appliance technician as I would suggest.

I don`t know the age of your fridge, but I should mention...

** Most of the manufacturers of fridges/freezers have 5 to 10 years sealed system warranty which would include the compressor but not the electrical starting devices i.e., the overload & relay. Check your owners manual, it is the ultimate authority on warranty no matter what anyone else tells you according to.**

If you have a multi- meter you can check the compressor to see if the windings are ok.

**First, Unplug the freezer**

Remove the panel at the back or side down at the bottom. This should gain you access to the compressor.

On the side of the compressor will be the start relay/overload assembly such as this may be enclosed in a black plastic cover as well.


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With a meter measure between any 2 pins at one time, going between each pin with one remaining on a "common" pin.

You'll want 3 measurement's, similar to this example- 6ohms, 3ohms, and 9ohms.

On some meters you may simply get a reading of "0" ohms, as long as the needle moves off of "infinity" which would indicate an "open" winding=not good !

If following that, the readings are good, purchase a hard start kit. Part # HS410 also known as a 3in1 starter kit.



The above package contains info and hardware on how to connect it.

NOTE : the HS410 ( 3 in 1 ) should be considered just a temporary "fix" as opposed to an actual "repair" in should not be relied on for long term reliability or safety, but rather the factory replacemnet, double check with your model number.

Hope that help`s move you forward if nothing else. If so please take a second and rate the reply and a testimony to your inquiry you received here at FixYa.

Thank you and good luck.


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