Question about Refrigerators
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So to make sure I understand you correctly, you've replaced the thermistor on the evaporator and the control board at the back correct ?
Is there power going to the compressor ? Does it make any attempts to start ? (usually a good indicator is if the condensor fan is running, but not the compressor)
I would check the compressor itself if you answered yes to all these things...with any luck it may just be a faulty start relay and therefor tripping the overload.
Here's how you can check the compressor...I don`t know the age of your fridge, but I should mention,
** Most of the manufacturers of fridges ( including GE ) have 5 to 10 years sealed system warranty which would include the compressor but not the electrical starting devices i.e., the overload & relay. Check your owners manual, it is the ultimate authority on warranty no matter what anyone else tells you according to.**
If you have a multi- meter you can check the compressor to see if the windings are ok. If you have a clamp-on you can check for amperage draw when trying to start which is good info to have as well.
**First, Unplug the fridge**
Remove the panel at the back down at the bottom. This should gain you access to the compressor.
On the side of the compressor will be the start relay/overload assembly such as this image...it may be enclosed in a black plastic cover as well.
Pull off the relay & overload and you'll see 3 pins in the form of a triangle...
With a meter measure between any 2 pins at one time, going between each pin with one remaining on a "common" pin.
You'll want 3 measurement's, similar to this example- 6ohms, 3ohms, and 9ohms.
On some meters you may simply get a reading of "0" ohms, as long as the needle moves off of "infinity" which would indicate an "open" winding=not good !
If following that, the readings are good, purchase a hard start kit. Part # HS410 also known as a 3in1 starter kit.
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The above package contains info and hardware on how to connect it.
NOTE : the HS410 ( 3 in 1 ) should be considered just a temporary "fix" as opposed to an actual "repair" in should not be relied on for long term reliability or safety, but rather thefactory replacemnet, double check with your model number.
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Let me know if the compressor is indeed operating yet the fridge or freezer fail to cool and I'll continue to help in any manner I can. Good luck
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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