I replaced the thermostat in my fridge today. But i think I replaced the wires around the wrong way. Can you help me with a diagram or detailed explanation of where they go? Cheers Tony. It's working but still freezing up.
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Probably the thermostat. You will need a multimeter to see if there is a circuit across the thermostat. There should be 2 wires and an earth to the thermostat. if you bridge the 2 wires together. (NOT the Earth or green wire) the thermostat will be bypassed. If the thermostat is faulty, the fridge will start but will not turn off when it reaches temperature. You will then need a new thermostat. Make sure its unplugged before you play around with it.
A compressor can naturally get hot the tech leaving parts on the floor is wrong the real way to tell if the compressor is bad is to unplug the fridge find the thermostat and unplug the two wires that plug into it then make a small jumper wire with two male spades and a two inch peice of wire and plug it in to both of the wires that you unhooked from the thermostat then plug in the fridge and wait 20 min if the fridge gets to normal cold which is 37 degrees or less it's not the compressor it's the thermostat but if it don't get any colder than before it may be the compressor but a new fridge is less that 500 dollars
Similar model Emerson compact fridge died in my wife's office after only a few months of use. I assumed it was the compressor, but there was no puncture or serious issue. Next thought: thermostat. I opened the thermostat inside the fridge (unplug everything first) and while it didn't turn on I saw that the wires and connectors seemed fine. On closer inspection the temperature control has a metal pin on a spring that SHOULD slide with the temperature control but seemed to not really move. It slid on a not-quite-circular mechanism but it didn't extend the spring or really change position. I turned the thermostat and forced the springed pin back to the top position (a small notch). This, apparently, is the natural "off" position. Release again and the pin slid normally with the thermostat. Plugged in the fridge and it began cooling quickly. I'll test it again later (I turned it off to let the coolant re-settle in case it had bubbles from me moving it around so much), but fingers crossed... this seemed to work.
In short, I think the fridge's thermostat has a faulty design that can slip so that turning the thermostat makes no difference to the temperature or output. Because the metal isn't touching the inner component the compressor just doesn't turn on. The fix took only a phillips screwdriver to open the thermostat box and I used a flathead screwdriver (you may be able to use your nails) to return the pin onto its wheel mechanism. I may be completely wrong, but it worked for me. :-)
DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS METHOD UNLESS YOU UNDERSTAND ELECTRICAL SAFETY. The thermostat is behind the cooling element at the back of the fridge compartment and it connected to the dial at the top front of the compartment that controls its temperature setting. Remove the front plate to access the switch and you will see the wiring that goes to the thermostat. Connect the two wires to the thermostat and if the fridge does not start the thermostat is faulty. Replacements are available, but you may need to do some hunting on line. With the power off this time, securely tie a few feet of string around the thermostat wiring at the switch. carefully loosen the cooling element to free the thermostat and pull it free. Now tie the string to your new thermostat and pull the string back through so the wiring is pulled into place. Put everything back the way you found it and, after a short while, enjoy a nice cold drink.
It sounds like you have a cyclic defrost fridge,Kelvinators were originally fitted with heat assist thermostats,so in order for the fridge to come back on a yellow wire heater was run around the cooling evaporator in the fridge compartment start running again at approx +4C so when the element fused the fridge did not start again until approx +12C.So instead of replacing heater a different thermo was used that came back on at +4c deg regardless.Kind Regards.
Yes you have a bad relay on your compressor.Remove the rear panel and take off the relay on the compressor shake it.If it sounds fried then you need to order new on .Just give your model# to your local parts depot and ask them to order you a new compressor relay hope i fixya:)
theese wire that goes to the fins are your thermostat probes it possible that your thermostat is defective if you take your thermostat and bypass the two wire connected to it toghether if your fridge works replace the thermostat thanks from gilles