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Kenmore 25351694100 compressor not operating

The problem I have been having is the compressor would start by making some louder than normal sounds and then click off. The compressor would be hot to the touch and the compressor fan is running. Eventually the refer would warm up and begin to defrost. I emptied the fridge/freezer and unplugged. The next day I would plug back in and it would run fine for a month or so and the problem would repeat. Now however the compressor is not even coming on even though the fan is running. The compresssor is at room temp with no sounds or vibrations. Is there a fuse or breaker for the compressor? Is there a wiring diagram that I can see where power for the compressor is originating? Thanks

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  • fixathome Jul 07, 2008

    Can the overload protector be reset? Does it just open during overcurrent or high temp? Can you Ohm out the relay or overload protector? Should the relay out of circuit show zero resistance or will it have to be engaged by the control board? Thanks

  • fixathome Jul 09, 2008

    Ok Here's my progress so far.... The starter cap is good (15.5uF). On startup the compressor is drawing 9.6A before cutoff. The compressor is really trying to start but all I get is the loud hum then it shuts off. The starter realy is warm to the touch. I hoping it's just the starter relay PN 218721119.


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There may be power to the compressor. You can check it with a volt meter by checking the two electrical leads at their connections.
across the line you should read 120 Volts. This indicated power is there to the compressor and your overload protector may be open. The overload "protector" and "relay" can be ordered from Sears by your model and serial number along with the names of the parts for the compressor.

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    James Helmer Jul 08, 2008

    Answer to your first question. These overloads are designed to be fully automatically reset. There is no manual reset for them. They open under both conditions. High current and high temperature.

    Most relays on these smaller compressors are current type relays. When the compressor is energized and a current is drawn through the relay it engages the start winding in the compressor motor. When the compressor comes up to speed the current drops off and the relay start contacts drop out allowing the compressor to continue to run.

    The cost of replacement relays and overload protectors are minimal compared to the cost of having someone make a service call. Replace them.

    If you read out voltage across the line, something is open. Could also be the compressor motor itself.


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