Never posted here before, sorry for any etiquette breaches but here goes...
The refrigerator is an Amana sxd26vw, purchased somewhere around 1998.
The symptoms: both sides are warm, compressor will not start. Was a gradual process over a few months, food wasn't as cold, Ice cream was softish. Just before quitting would cool down only the bottom of freezer and only a little bit. Came back to full life temporarily during thunderstorm when electricity flickered off/on 5 or 6 times. Lasted about a week and then totally died.
So far I have:
replaced the bi-metal (defrost thermostat)
replaced compressor relay and overload with manufacturer replacement parts (click and a little hum but no start)
removed new PTC and overload and installed 3-n-1 hard start (rco-410) (click and a little louder hum, but no start)
- Compressor common to start 9 ohms
- Compressor common to run 2 ohms
- Compressor run to start 11 ohms.
- There is no continuity from any terminal to compressor casing. (I did scratch paint off first.) Therefore I do not believe anything is shorted out
With appliance turned on:
- Tested voltage to on/off thermostat (the one inside frig) and got 120V
- Voltage from common to run and start is 120 v
- Wired in and tested 3-n-1. 120 V from common (black) to red (run) and 120 v from black to white (start)
- Checked fan inside freezer and got 120 v across terminals, but I think that is irrelevant since I was already getting 120 to the compressor.
I realize it may be dead, but the compressor tests out in an acceptable range and it is getting voltage. I was wondering if I was doing something wrong, or whether the voltages are not what they should be, or if there is are other test I can run. This IS IMPORTANT. My wife offered UNSPEAKABLE favors if I can get this thing going and we don't have to replace it.
I appreciate any help and time.