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I think my skybox is overheating

Where can i find a replacement compressor. My machine has stopped cooling and several times i have replaced the starter relay, making it work for about a week before it stops. I think the compressor is overheating. Let me know for suggestions and/or fixes. Thanks

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  • dhheating Jun 27, 2010

    i have the same thing with my skybox were can i buy a compressor

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SOURCE: Maytag Skybox MBV1976AAB Compressor Start Relay

I just read another post on a different site from someone who said they were able to pay $160 for a refrigerator technician to come out and replace the compressor and install 2 additional fans to help prevent overheating. I'm going to look into this, otherwise off to the dump. Had ours for over 2.5 years and it just stopped cooling last week. Bunch of warm beer and sodas in there now...upsetting, but what do you expect when everything is made in China these days. Our country has let itself down for letting quality manufacturing give way to cheap labor.

Posted on Dec 23, 2007

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SOURCE: Maytag skybox start relay is bad

you need to change the overload relay ---- there is a company called appliancezone.com

they sell the overload relay unit with all the parts for $26.00

email me back if you cant find it---- put in the model # for the skybox unit and you will see the item

item # 4387835

this is the problem -- if this relay goes bad the compressor will stay on and not supply cold air to the unit ----

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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SOURCE: Maytag Skybox not cooling

sounds like compressor relay --- if the fan and compressor come on and then shut off after about 5-10 seconds -- its the relay --- sometimes you have to also replace the transformer and capacitor on the opposite side of the unit --- all items are accesible from the back of the unit

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

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Maytag never offered a replacement compressor for the SkyBox units. It was not a cost effective repar to make. If you are sure the thermostat is supplying 120VAC to the compressor, you can install a Supco URCO410 relay/capacitor/overload kit. This part should only be installed by a qualified service technician.

Posted on Apr 25, 2009

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SOURCE: Replacement for Skybox compressor

The solution is too change refrigertants, Enbraco makes the PW4.5hk11. its a little over sized and you'll need to switch to hot shot.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010

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I just replaced my in-pieces starter relay and thermal swich with a Whirlpool 4387535 kit. My Skybox has been working fine ever since.

Note I had the same symptoms as other posts of the compressor turning on/off continuously (but no cooling)...I believe what was happening is that the starter relay would allow current to flow to initially start the compressor, but would never stop providing current to it after it had already started (as it should) thus in a few seconds the thermal switch would sense this and trip / remove power to the compressor...then this cycle would start all over once the thermal switch cooled down again and let power back to the compressor...

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