Kenmore Refrigerator - bad compressor? Model #59662239200
Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:11 AM
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.
Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:01 AM
Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:32 AM
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.
Posted 01 October 2010 - 07:30 AM
have you tried a Compressor Test Cord ?
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