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#1 Mr. Happy

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 01:20 PM

Cold box is down. Fan is running, compressor is cool after two minutes of running.
No strange noises
All lights and internal fans running.
Evaporation pans below compressor and fan have what looks like used, baked motor oil in them.

Anything I might check before clicking RegPat_Off's fridge deal of the month?

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 01:29 PM

Are you sure the compressor is running? Power to the compresssor will start the fans. If the compressor is cool than you should check your start relay. Remove the start relay from the side of the compressor and Check power going in and power going out.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 02:05 PM

I'm a moderate nublet when it comes to testing. (I usually defer to a buddy of mine who's an EE but he's away on business). I have a meter and a willingness to give it a go - as long as any steps stay within my paygrade.

Can you give me an idea how I'd get those numbers so we can isolate the start relay (3ARR65P4E3A6) as the source of the problem?

Since the relay aint' that expensive, I can just swap it and see. It would be nice to know that is the problem before wasting time on a dead unit . . .

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:54 PM

Tested resistance across the three pins on the compressor.

5.3
6.1
9.5

Does that help?

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 07:34 PM

Your start relay part # is 67005560. Have you determined wether your compressor is running or not? You might be assuming it's running because of the vibration and noise of the fans. Usually putting power to a bad compressor causes it to get extremely hot. You said yours was cool. http://www.repaircli...7005560/1159182. Posted Image

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 11:58 AM

Replaced the start relay, same conditions; compressor cold to the touch.
How do I check if there's power to compressor? Any other things I might check?

Thanks for all the help, really appreciate it . . .

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 01:12 PM

... Fan is running,
... compressor is cool after two minutes of running.

The Fan by the Compressor ?
Does the Compressor actually run ?
Has this Fridge worked OK up till now at this location ?
OR has it been moved or cleaned lately ?
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 01:26 PM

Yes, compressor fan
Not sure how to tell. It vibrates but that could be the fan...
Worked fine until it didn't - not moved or cleaned until two weeks ago.

I have an electrically handy friend coming by later. Anything we can meter to give a better diagnosis?

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 01:57 PM

Jam the fanblade before you turn the fridge on - then you can feel/hear only the compressor
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 11:39 AM

RESOLUTION: The compressor was shot. Sears covered under warranty.

The original design has the tubing routed through the pan to speed evaporation. The line eventually ruptured, leaked freon, killed compressor.
Mechanic replaced compressor and tubing, which is now "coated" through pan. Decades of fridge design and no one throught of this? Sounds like planned obsolesence . . .

Thanks for all the help, gentlemen. Will continue to recommend this site to anyone who'll listen.
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 12:12 PM

Hey Mr. Happy, how old was that refrigerator?

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 02:03 PM

5 years and 4 months.




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