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Compressor not kicking on

Somethings not telling the compressor to kick on,compressor is cold change thermostat inside freezer compartment,now trying to change computer board behind refrig. what could it be?

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Re: Compressor not kicking on

I can help there should be a blue connector on the bottom of the board that has 3 wires. They are labeled on the board as line, def, comp. Jump line to comp. Comp should come on. Let me know what happens

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Freezer turns of in cold weather

Many residential refrigerator / freezers are designed to work at temperature considerably above above freezing. Most modern refrigerator / freezer have a single electric thermostat - located in the fresh food compartment. This lone thermostat will control the compressor to keep the fridge (fresh food) section at the desired temperature (usually between 34 - 38 degrees F). The freezer will get colder regardless of how cold it is already whenever the fridge thermostat turns the compressor on.

Now that you see how the thermostat works, let's look at what happens when the fridge is placed in an unheated space - like a garage. In winter time, the temperature can drop considerably below 38 degrees. If the outdoor temperature remains cold enough, for long enough - it will affect the thermostat in the fridge. The temperature inside the fridge could drop below 38 degrees, preventing the thermostat from telling the compressor to turn on. Meanwhile, the temperature in the freezer compartment slowly rises from the normal -10 to 0 F degrees. It will continue to rise until it is the same temperature as the fresh food compartment or until the thermostat in the fresh food compartment tells the compressor to turn on again. This means the freezer contents will thaw.

If the temperature in the garage is even in the 40 to 50 degree range, the loss of cold in the fridge may not happen often enough to keep the compressor coming on often enough to keep some freezer items frozen solid - such as ice cream. Remember, water freezes at 32 degrees F, other products may require lower temperatures to remain frozen, and could thaw at 28 or other temperature.

Good luck!

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Installed the fridge freezer over 24 hrs ago. But it's isn't getting cold. It's got power and set to the lowest temp. Please help

First determine if the compressor is kicking on and off. Normally you can get it to kick on by just changing the thermostat setting. If the compressor isn't kicking on then it could be the relay or the compressor.

NOTE: If you transported the unit in other than in a standing position, you should let it stand unplugged for several hours to let all the air bubbles to work themselves out.

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Have Kenmore 106.8607913, top freezer. Not cold enough. All fans working. Cleaned bottom coils. Not ice bound. Compressor clicks on, then off about 1 or 2 seconds later. Compressor or thermostat,...

If the fans continue to run when the compressor kicks off the thermostat is functioning normal.

The problem could either be the compressor itself or more likely the start device (relay) that controls the compressor, it is an easy component to replace and mounts directly to the compressor.

The part number for the relay is 989662

If the relay is good and compressor is bad, you would be looking at about $500.00 to repair

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I have a upright freezer that the compressor wont kick in and start, i can hear it click and try but then clicks back off, the fan runs because i can feel air inside the freezer but not cold air

The clicking that you are hearing is the compressor trying to start and then shutting down when the overload kicks back off.
The compressor is either siezed up or the motor has failed. Either way it will need to be replaced.
Get a complete price for the replacement before getting the work done as the replacement cost of these is often half or more of what a new freezer would be.

I hope that this will help you to solve your problem!

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My compressor runs but I think it shuts off and stays off too long...the box gets to warm and the ice starts to melt before it starts again

First of all, before you do anything, clean the coils under the refrigerator. I couldn't tell you how many refrigerators I've 'fixed' that needed nothing more than the coils cleaned. Dirty coils can cause a multitude of problems, many of them with the exact same symptoms that would be expected when refrigerant components fail. Dirt is the #1 enemy of any refrigeration unit.

If that doesn't help, since both sides of the refrigerator get warm before the compressor kicks back on, I'd suspect the fresh food temperature control thermostat. Not an easy fix for the average homeowner unless you've got specific skills in appliance repair.

Before you do anything, try this. Turn the fresh food thermostat all the way up, the set the freezer setting at a higher than normal setting. The way the system works is that the fresh food thermometer turns the compressor on and off and the freezer control simply controls how much of the cold air from the freezer is diverted to the fresh food compartment.

If you turn the fresh food thermostat higher, the compressor will run longer and adjusting the freezer control to a higher setting will allow less cold air into the fresh food compartment, forcing the compressor to run longer in order to cool it to the thermostat setting.

If the settings have to be abnormally high, this is a workaround, rather than a fix. To get a permanent fix, you'll probably have to replace the fresh food control thermostat.

I hope this was helpful to you or to anyone reading it.

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  • Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? If not, reset it.

  • Next, see if the compressor motor is running

    The compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It's on the outside of the refrigerator/freezer at the back near the bottom. If it is humming or making a continuous noise and your refrigerator/freezer is still not cooling, there may be a more serious problem with one or more of several different components, we recommend contacting a qualified appliance repair technician for further help.

    If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator/freezer, there may be a problem with one or more of these:

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