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Compressor on my whirlpool refrigertor (model no et21pkxgwo1) tries to start then kickes off after about 20 sec then a min later it tries to start again started diong this yesterday then last night it ran alright then this morning it started doing it again

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  • hogfl1 May 17, 2011

    relay is making i clicking sound when trying to start the compressor also when i took it out and shoke it it rattled think its the relay thats bad

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Hello
Check the stabliser used with the refrigerator. Disconnect it from the stabliser and plug direct to the AC wall socket and check. If it does work properly, stabliser has some trouble. It drops the voltage to the fridge, when motor starts and takes current. Start up current will be greater than running time current. Check this. OK.

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Hi,

The most possibility is that the compressor may be FUBAR. You can check this with your ohm meter. Set it on the lowest setting and then measure the resistance between each of the three pegs sticking out from the compressor in the control pod the same ones that the start relay and overload connect to. Should read something in the low ohms. If the reading between any two pegs is infinite resistance, then one of the windings in the compressor motor is burned out. You should also measure from one of the compressor pegs to ground with your ohm meter on the highest setting. If you read anything, the compressor has developed a path to ground and is bad. In this case, you will need to replace the compressor. If you are not comfortable handling electronics, it is better you get someone who can do it for you.

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  • Ishola Olayemi May 17, 2011

    The function of the start relay is to momentarily energize the start
    winding in the compressor motor and then cut power to the start winding
    as soon as the motor is running. Most of the start relays on modern compressors are solid state and use a
    special material whose resistance increases with temperature. So, as
    current flows through the relay and the relay heats up, its resistance
    increases to the point that the start winding is isolated from the rest
    of the circuit.
    A common failure of these relays is that the solid state material
    "cooks" and breaks up, staying open and thus never allowing the start
    winding in the compressor motor to energize. The end result is that the
    compressor tries to start, usually you'll hear a humming noise, and
    then, after a few seconds, the compressor's overload protector takes the
    compressor offline with a loud CLICK.

    Easy way to tell if the start relay is bad is by simply removing it
    from the compressor's control pod and shaking it. If you hear any
    rattling, it's fried.


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On the side of the compressor, is a cover, that when removed, will expose the starting components.
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You can pull off these components, and have them tested at most appliance parts houses. If any check bad, replace.
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