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Hello -- I have a maytag model PTB1551GR refrigerator which just suddenly quit working overnight. Is there any way to tell if there is any possibility to re-start it?

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Hi,

Unfortunately there could be many reasons for the same. I could provide you with few details. Iwould start by making sure that there is nothing wrong with either compressor or compressor relay. These are more prone to damage due to storm and is mainly responsible for no or less cooling or if refrigerator quit working.

If you have experience in repairing appliances, could take all precautions necessary and use multimeter - You could do a continuity check on compressor motor and all combination's. An infinity value on multimeter would confirm bad compressor.

On the side of the compressor you will see a box (maybe a cover) remove the cover if it has one and then remove the wire harness. next you will see the relay with the capacitor mounted to it. give the relay a tug and pull it off the side of the compressor. once you have it off pull the capacitor off and then give the relay a shake. If it rattles the relay is bad. if the relay does not rattle the compressor is bad and you will need to call a service guy to replace the compressor.

Other option would be - Go to a local repair shop and get an overload and relay ( cost around $50 ).Replace it. If the problem still persists, then it is faulty compressor.

Compressor's usually have 5 years warranty on it.

Other than this, make sure the wiring is fine. There is no cut or damage to the wire.

Let me know,if needed further assistance,

Hope i helped you.

Thanks for using ' Fixya ' and have a nice day!!

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

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