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Stopped Cooling both refrig & Freezer coil fan runs but compressor does not.

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How to Check Compressor

  1. Unplug the refrigerator from the wall socket.
  2. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall or other obstruction so you have plenty of elbow space to work in.
  3. Locate a side panel on the side of the compressor. It will be held in by one or two screws which can be removed by turning in a counterclockwise rotation. Use your flat blade screwdriver and remove this panel.
  4. Beneath the panel will be a device called a starter relay switch. Unplug this from the compressor.
  5. Shake the relay in your hand and listen for a rattle. If it rattles, the relay is bad and can be replaced by going to an appliance store and getting a new one. If it does not rattle, the relay is good and the compressor is bad and will need to be replaced.
Refrigerator is not Cooling Well
  • Adjust the temperature control, if needed. Although this seems simplistic, this can easily be the source of the problem. It should be set at 37 degrees. The temperature control could have been turned up by accident.
  • Defrost the refrigerator, if necessary. If it has not been defrosted properly, the refrigerator won't cool as well.
  • Clean the condenser coils with a vacuum. These are behind or beneath the refrigerator.
  • Inspect the door seal. A worn-out door seal will lead to frost buildup and prevent the door from closing tightly. This results in poor cooling.
  • Level the refrigerator, if necessary. For the door to shut properly on its own, the refrigerator must be level and slightly tilted back. If it is not level, place a block of wood under the refrigerator and adjust the screws on the leveling legs.
  • Close the door and make sure it doesn't sag. If the door doesn't shut tightly, it may need adjustment. Use a screwdriver to loosen the hinges and position the door so it is snug. Tighten the hinges.
If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator, there may be a problem with one or more of these: The compressor The Thermostat The overload, relay, or capacitor The defrost timer The condenser fan motor
...............Thanks For Contacting FixYa..

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

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