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Refrigerator issue with the starter

Well the other day i had this funny burning smell in the house after some searching , i found it to be the starter for the compressor , question is im not sure what cause it , if its the compressor itself or just a bad starter, the refrigerator is about 6 years old and never had any problem previous.

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Well thankfully i cought it on time before it can cause more damage. the terminlas on the compressor are fine i have not test them with an ohm metter yet. when i do test the compressors terminals what type of reading should i be getting ...


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Re: refrigerator issue with the starter

Sometimes when these relay fail (and they all do) they fail shorted (letting current flow from L1 to N) not open (not letting any current flow) and they may arc so bad that they destroy the compressor terminals. If the terminals arent destoyed then ohm out the compressor, make sure it isnt grounded and then replace the starter.

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