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Kenmore not cooling, compressor cycles on and off

I tried to search the topics but couldn't find this exact problem.

Power went out the other day for 5 minutes. When it came back on it seems the fridge isn't working.

Embraco Compressor EGZ 90hlp on a Kenmore 106.56566400 Cold Spot ?

I think we bought it in 2005 or 2006.

Any way, the fan is running and there is power up to the compressor. The relay clicks, compressor cycles on for about 5 seconds, relay clicks and cycles off for about 4 minutes. This keeps repeating but the cond. fan never stops. I'm trying to get some ideas since I really don't know this system.

Any help would be appreciated.

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  • wallen Nov 19, 2007

    Replaced the relay. There was another part attached I'm thinking is a capacitor. Plugged it in and all is working fine. Thanks for your help. Nice to give $22 to a local supply store and not $200 to Sears repair. I hate doing business with them.

    Thanks again :)

  • fighter100 Jul 06, 2008


    thanks for the suggestion. same problem here. one more question, does the Run Capacitor has polarity?

  • yali900 Jul 31, 2008

    the fan is running and there is power up to the compressor. The relay clicks, compressor cycles on for about 5 seconds, relay clicks and cycles off for about 4 minutes. This keeps repeating but the cond. fan never stops. My compressor is Embraco EGZ 90 HLP. I replaced all the assembly of the starting device on the compressor, inclusing capacitor, and starting device. it does the same thing. I measured the resistance between the 3 poles and they are all ok, and each pole to ground, and insulated well.

    it seems the compressor is ok, just having problem starting. Please help. thanks a lot in advance



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I had the same exact problem, same fridge. Thanks guys.

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It sounds like the compressor relay mounted to the side of the compressor is out. Very common problem on these units. The replacement relay is supposed to be stronger and less likely to give a problem. Remove the relay and shake it. If you hear it rattling inside it is definately burned out.
Do not replace it with a 3 in 1 or kickstart relay. It will work fine for a few months and burn the compressor out. Get the correct replacement part.
Post back to let me know what you find.

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