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Then refrigerator and freezer are not operating. I suspect the compressor relay P/N 61006293. When I read across the female pins of the relay with an ohm meter I read a short. Should this relay read short or open when checked across both pins? Also what is the effect of the $TM Overload and how can it be checked?

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  • richard_winc Mar 13, 2011

    I have rechecked each compressor pin to ground - they check open. I have checked across the compressor pins - there is continuity. I have checked each relay pin to the corresponding compressor pin - there is continuity. I have checked each relay pin to ground - they read open. I have checked across the relay pins - there is continuity.


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What you are checking in the female pins are the start and run winding at the same time. first check compressor with a meter. go from common to start, then common to run, add these two together and if you go from start to run you should get this total, let me know.

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I changed clicks and relays but wires at the compressor burned,only fan runs but compressor still cant start,whats wrong and where is the thermostat?


My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

Your problem is not your thermostat. In some models the compressor knocks out the overload relay. They relay could last a few seconds or a few weeks before the compressor knocks it out again. This is especially turn with the LG units.

You will need a multi-meter to check your compressor.

1.) Unplug your unit. Remove the bottom back cover.

2.) Remove the overload components to expose the 3 pins on the compressor.

3.) Inspect the pins on the compressor. Are they clean or are they damaged from heat (Steel melting).

4.) With your multi-meter, set the meter on the lowest Ohms. Read the Ohms between each of the pins. You will have 3 readings. One reading will be high and the other 2 readings will be lower. Add the 2 lower readings together. This value must equal the high reading within a few tenths.

I hope I am wrong. A new compressor depending on the model is $275-$450.00. Include a system filter for $40.00, plus new refrigerant $45.00 and the cost od an experienced technician $300.00.

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I have a Maytag Model MCD2257HES - I replace the relay - the compressor runs but seems more quiet than before- I left is unplugged over night and it appeared to be working ok -made ice but the lower p

That is what is sounds like but let's check. An overload relay will fail due to wear, a short or a bad compressor will knock it out. There is a rare occasion you may purchased a bad overload relay, but that is rare. Remove the overload relay component and expose the three pins on the compressor. Measure the Ohms across the three pins. You will get one high Ohm reading and two lower Ohm readings. If the two lower reading add up to the higher reading the compressor is good. Make sure the green ground wire is securely grounded. It could nock out the overload. Check for loose connections. Replacing a compressor is a major repair. The cost is $600.00-$750.00. Rule of thumb; "If the cost of the repair is 1/3 or more of the purchase price of the unit, Buy new".

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Refrigerator clicks then hums but does not get the compressor going. Bad compressor - how do you test if starter switch or compressor?

The clicking sound you hear is the overload relay trying to start the compressor. The humming sound is the compressor. Purchase a overload relay kit. Unplug the unit. Remove the bottom back cover. On the side of the compressor is a black box. Usually held on by hard wire clips. Remove the cover. Inspect for burned wires. Take note of the relay components. Remove them and lay them out in the order and orientation in which they were removed. If you see burn marks on the you have a bad relay, also the white 'V' shaped component - shake it. If it rattles it is bad. Replace with the new overload. If everything looks good. With a multi-meter measure the Ohms across the three pins on the compressor. You will get One high reading. Across the other two you will get lower readings. The two lower readings when added together must equal the high reading. If they do not you have a bad compressor. To replace a compressor is a major repair. The cost is usually $600.00-$750.00.

Rule of thumb; "If the repair cost is 1/3 or more of your initial purchase price of the unit - Buy a new unit".

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Put on a new overload/relay with start capacitor, it failed in 6 hours

Compressor getting overheated, or the replaced part is of very low quality,go for branded parts.

Replacement parts can be purchased at any of the following web sites:


Before going to buy any parts directly.
Go through this troubleshooting help links.


This is list of refrigerator problems, which is normally faced in refrigerator.
You can go through the details, by clicking the link below:---

Refrigerator is not cooling properly?
Both refrigerator and freezer not cooling properly in refrigerator?
The ice maker not working: ---

Compressor not running on refrigerator?
Water dispenser not working on refrigerator?


Ice maker stopped making ice?


Water Overflows in Ice maker and freezes inside?


How to replace Ice maker assembly?

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My refrigerator is making a humming noise then a click over and over again and the compressor will not start. Needless to say the fridge does not cool nor does the freezer freeze. I got a replacement relay...

Yes exactly,sounds to me that the compresser motor is locked up

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Jul 24, 2011 | Amana DRB1901C Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

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The refrigerastor and freezer don't operate. I suspect the compressor relay. When I read resistance across the female pins on the relay P/N 6100693, I read a short. Should the relay read open or short...

the maytag relays ormally when they go bad you can shake them and you will here them rattle if they have failed... there are points in there and should be opened until power made to them.
the overload will be closed or as you said shorted and when compressor overheats or binds it will open on excessive current.... you can get a new ptc relay /overload or you can purchase what is called a 3-n-1 " for the unit that actually has the overload and all built into it,plus is for hard starting compressors.... good luck to you.

Mar 12, 2011 | Maytag MSD2756G Side by Side Refrigerator

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Hotpoint future freezer red light stays on and motor makes buzz noise every few mins but only for about two seconds.

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly. Your hearing the compressor Thermal overload cycle every few minutes for no more than 45 seconds. The compressor is not starting at all or it is not cycling from the start winding to the run winding so the KliXon thermal overload is tripping. That switching of windings is done by the PTC relay mounted on the side of the compressor. The Compresor part number is EMY32CLC. PTC relays can be found here: You will have to match your relay to the image.

I would recommend using the phone locally to purchase the relay AFTER performing the following.
POWER OFF / Unplugged WAIT 30 minutes for the compressor to cool and the coolant pressures to stabilize. After 30 minutes plug in the unit and see if the compressor starts.

POWER OFF / Unplugged
IF after 30 minutes the compressor does not restart....
1. Read the pins of the compressor to the case of the compressor. No grounds allowed.
2. Read pin 1 to pin 2 (on 2 pin compressor) you should read resistance.
3. If you have a 3 pin compressor only 2 of the 3 pins will read to each other at any given time. One for start winding and one for run winding with 3rd pin being common.

A locked compressor rotor/armature will also cause the compressor not to start. A locked rotor requires compressor replacement. (Fingers crossed lets hope that the rotor is not locked!)

Hopefully your unit will restart. A momentary loss of power will cause a compressor to hot cycle and not restart. All it takes is about a 8 second power loss to put the compressor into this no start frenzy. Do the 30 min no power thing and see what happens. (maybe save your self lots of money.)

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The three prong relay connector on the compressor on my Haier compact does not have the common, start and run marked. how do I figure out which is common and run?

Tecumseh terminal pins always thought of
in the order: Common, Start, Run. To identify the
terminal pins, we read the order exactly as we would
read a book: That is, we start at the top left hand
corner and read across the first “line” from left to
right. We then drop down to the second line starting
at the left and read across. Some compressor models
have terminal pin identification embossed on the
protective terminal cover.
The common will go to the external overload protector. The run will be connected to the power side of the relay.
Hope this helps.

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The S terminal should read zero when you invert the relay. The M terminal should be zero at all times through the relay. If you follow the coil wires on the relay you will find they go from the line connection to the M terminal. M meaning main or run terminal. When current is drawn through the M terminal it pulls in the contact for start to the S terminal. When the compressor comes up to speed the current drops off and the start contact opens allowing the compressor to continue to run on the M terminal.

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Check you defrost timer and rotate the clutch screw in a clockwise direction slowly. If that doesn't start it try the cold control and check across the wires to see it there is continuity. If it reads open then you have a bad control. If the first item made it run from the timer you need a new timer.

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