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Kenmore Refrigerator - bad compressor? Model #59662239200


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#1 foeller32

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:11 AM

Model # 59662239200

Here's the story - I have a black (not that color matters, I guess) Kennmore refrigerator. It's a model with the freezer on the bottom. About a month ago, we started hearing a strange buzzing noise and a then a click from the back. After a day or so of this, stuff in the freezer started to melt. The buzzing was the compressor failing to start, and of course the click was the thermal overload. If I unplug the fridge and let it cool off for an hour or so, then things will start working right again.

I replaced the starter relay and the capacitor, both of which were attached directly to the compressor. I also tested between each of the three terminals on the compressor power connector. Each had between 6 and 9 ohms of resistance.

When I purchased the other two parts that I replaced - I checked the price on a compressor and saw that they run about $300. I looked on ******** and happened to see one - brand new - for $50. I went ahead and bought it, not even knowing if I would need it or not. I figured it was worth the gamble, and I could probably sell it for $50 if I ended up not needing it.

I guess I have two main questions: First, is it my best bet at this point to just replace the compressor and drier? The fridge does still work, but it "trips out" a couple times a day.

Second, is this something that I can do myself? I don't mind buying or renting tools. I do have access to a vacuum pump (used for auto a/c systems). I've soldered plenty of plumbing, so I'm sure I could figure out how to do this.

If there is anyone on here near Allentown or in the Pocono area, I would be willing to pay someone to change this compressor out for me, too. It's just that the local appliance stores don't want to touch it at this point since I bought the compressor already.

Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated.




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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:01 AM

The compressor in the refer is failing, soon, it will not start at all........you will need a new compressor............But to install the new comp. is another story..... You will need a torch that will get up to  apx 1500 degs.  ,, A four way manifold ( or three way ),  refrigerant,  a digital scale.....  a tank of dry nitrogen w/ regulator ( to check connections )  All of the small tools and other fittings/connectors that is needed....... it is do-able but not for the faint at heart.  I charge $ 250.00 to do a compressor exchange with a small profit of price mark-up of the compressor ............ The local store does  not want to change your compressor because  they do not know where your compressor came from and would possibly  get stuck with warranty problems.  ( end up losing money on a recall )...............


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:32 AM

I understand their concern about not wanting to do the job.  I've asked them to do it with no warranty requested as far as the compressor is concerned.  I've even offered to pay a little extra to make up for the markup they would have put on the compressor.  I understand that that's now business works and I have no problem with that.  I do the same with my business (printing).  I'm kind of surprised that they're still not willing to look at it.

Oh, well.  I'm sure eventually I'll find someone who is willing to take care of it.  If I can find a tech who does "side work" in the evenings, it could be good extra money for him.


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 07:30 AM


have you tried a Compressor Test Cord ? 

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