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Freezer defrosted completely. fridge is barely cool. fridge is running though. dont hear condenser though

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The compressor relay is bad on the main control board . Unplug the refrig and pull the refrig out and remove the 8X10 small panel on the back . You will see a blue plug with 3 larger (120v) wires going to it . Remove this plug . Looking at the plug , you will see : wire1 , wire2 , space , wire3 . (this is on the plug NOT the board ) . Using a short piece of insulated wire , with about 1/4" stripped off both ends , insert 1 end into wire1 and the other into wire3 . Plug the refrig back in . This will start the compressor to verify the main control board is bad . Pt # WR55X10942 .

Posted on Aug 20, 2010

  • Ironman75 Sep 08, 2010

    Now can u leave the frige on like that or should you turn it back off right away. WIth the new wire in....

  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith Sep 30, 2010

    This is just a harmless test to verify the main board is bad . I would remove the wire afterwards , and replace the board . You don't want the compressor being the only thing running on the refrig ( compressor cooling fan ( condensor fan motor ) , inside circulating fan ( evaporator fan motor ) , temp controllers ( thermistors ) ) . All have to operate for the refrig to work properly .

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