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Have a 3 slide door refrig-freezer. Quit working, threw the breaker switch. I pulled the electrical box cover and capacitor was blown. Replaced capacitor, started up again and within 3 minutes quit working again, threw the breaker again. Heard a few 'clicks.' If I check compressor with Ohm meter, what should I read to know the compressor's still good?

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  • loukakis95 Jul 18, 2009

    Yep, the compressor failed that test. Thanks so much for your help. Wish I could re-rate this, you did answer my question!!

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We need to find out if the compressor has had a burn out first. If you have an ohm meter and a few minutes we will know. Let me know, I hope not, but let me know if you want me to tell you how to test it, Sea Breeze

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    John Tripp Jul 18, 2009

    Unplug the refrigerator and remove the back panel that covers the compressor. There should be 3 wires going inside the cover of the compressor. Mark all 3 and mark their location so if compressor is OK you can put them back in same order. The plastic cover may snap on and you may need to squeeze the sides to unlock the cover and sometimes there is a metal clip holding the cover in place. Remove the cover. May look hard but it's simple. There will be three connections under the cover and 2 will go through the start relay. Unplug them leaving the three prongs exposed. They may be marked R =Run, S=Start and C=Common. Set your meter on continuity and then begin by testing 2 at a time until you have checked S to R and R to C an C to S and S to R again. You should get a reading all the way around. If no reading between any of the pairs as you go around you should get no reading between any two the compressor has an open winding and is defective.

    Then if it passes that test then touch one probe to R and the other to the copper pipes or clean metal on outside of compressor, then S to metal outside and C to metal outside. If you get a reading this way even just a little. The compressor is a burnout. Then let me know what you find. Thanks for the rate, Sea Breeze

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    John Tripp Jul 19, 2009

    You are welcome. I knew you could not rate it as fixed. Sorry it failed the test. You can visit my website or if you ever need anything let me know, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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