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#1 Tampa Patty

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 04:35 PM

This would be in the trash pile, except that you have all taught me that anything can be fixed.

Magic Chef compact refrigerator, MCBR170B.

It won't cool at all. I defrosted it, to no avail.
When I try to turn on the control dial, the unit hums for just a second or two, then goes dead.

Any hope? It's probably about 4 years old.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 04:55 PM

If it's not the compressor relay and overlaod it's the compressor itself. The compressor is NOT something the do it yourselfer homeowner can replace. There is too much equipment needed for this job.

You can however try replacing the relay and overload on the compressor.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 05:14 PM

maybe this one

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 05:16 PM

Thanks. I'll nose around and try to find that. Is the relay/overload a single part, or two parts?

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 05:17 PM

Most likely 2 parts

 

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 07:04 PM

These two parts were together in a pouch alongside the compressor.
The black part on the left matches the one posted by RegUS (not that exact view, but other photos of the same part).
But the white part on the right rattles when I shake it.

Can you guys tell what the white part is? There are some tiny numbers on it, designed to drive far-sighted people mad.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 11:54 PM

Hi Patty, welcome back!

The one on the left is the actual relay. Usually, when they're bad, they'll rattle when you shake 'em.

The part on the right is the thermal overload. You can check it with your meter-- if it has continuity, it's good.

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 02:23 AM

With the appearance of the heat damage/arching on the relay terminal I would say you need to replace the connector on that wire also so as not to cause problems from a bad connection.

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 03:45 AM

Thanks, everyone.
I'll let you know how it works out.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 03:08 PM

The new relay arrived in the mail. (Part 1515076 at RepairClinic.com) It looks like the black one (above) from on my fridge and the one in the RepairClinic photo EXCEPT there are three prongs coming out of the top instead of one. Do I just leave the two extra prongs not plugged into anything?

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 04:52 PM

more photos of both ?
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Posted 10 June 2010 - 05:43 PM

Here are two views of the new part next to the old.

The new part doesn't seem to fit as solidly onto the bottom two posts of three-post compressor mount (third photo). The post holes are in the right place but maybe not as deep as the others. The thermal overload (when assembled) occupies the highest post, and the relay occupies the other two.

I tried reconnecting it all, trying the relay wire on each prong of the relay, one at a time, and nothing happened.

Also, not sure if this means anything, but I tested continuity between each of three posts on the compressor: roughly, 20, 18, 8.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 05:45 PM

pic 2 (sorry they're blurry).
I live near the Gulf. Must be the oil spill.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 05:47 PM


I don't know what the difference is ...
they may have sent the wrone one..
shows only (1) connector in their parts photo:

give them a call 800-269-2609

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 05:52 PM

And the mount posts that don't seem to fit the new part as well...

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 05:54 PM

Okay, will do.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 04:47 PM

Okay, I called and the parts rep said the part number is correct, but maybe Magic Chef redesigned the replacement part.... In that case, how do I know which of the three terminals to use?

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 04:57 PM

[user=46968]Tampa Patty[/user] wrote:

Okay, I called and the parts rep said the part number is correct ...

then his picture is wrong ?

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 05:16 PM

Actually, he is a she.
And she said they would need to fix the picture.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 07:43 PM

Make sure you're pushing the relay all the way onto the compressor prongs. They can be stubborn, especially when they're new. But when installed properly, it should be a secure and stable fit.

As for the relay terminal question...

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Assemble it again and post a (clear) picture or two of the assembly. You can post higher resolution images at imageshack.us and then post the links here.




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