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I have a Frigidaire FRS26R4A side-by-side refrigerator that was purchased new in 2002 and this past May, I hear the compressor trying to start, but won't start. I unplugged the refrigerator, moved all items out, and called for service. When I plug the refrigerator back in, it seems to work normally. I cancelled the service call and let it run for a couple of days until I'm sure it is working before moving the food back in. It was fine over the summer, but now it is acting up again. The temporary fix would be to unplug the refrigerator for a few hours and plug it back in. It seems the compressor is not dead (whew!), but something that controls it is. Am I correct? Are there parts I can replace with normal tools? I'd rather fix it than to add the whole refrigerator to the waste stream. Considering that I did not buy an extended warranty all this time, fixing it should still put me ahead of the game. Thanks!

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  • ckennylin Nov 04, 2010

    I bought an appliance timer and set it to turn on and off every 4 hours as a stopgap measure, and that seems to work, though I shut off the water line in case the fridge warms up enough to melt the ice.

    After a lot of searching for the replacement parts, I replaced both the PTC Relay (5304468029) and the Run Capacitor (5304464438) , but I am still getting this problem. Does that mean the compressor is the problem now???

    Should I just hold out with the appliance timer until a big appliance sale comes up?

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Yes you are right. There is a starting capacitor that is bad. Or a relay that pulls in to start the compressor. I would check your relay. It will be wired to the compressor. It sounds like either the relay is not pulling in or the capacitor is weak and not giving the compressor enough juice to start. You can test the relay by checking to see if you have power on both sides of the relay. I would say that the starting capacitor is your problem though.

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