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Chest Freezer Stop Working. Kenmore 198.8183580. - help toubleshooting

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My trusty old Kenmore chest freezer stop cooling suddenly when my kid left the door ajar. I unplugged for a week and it wont turn back on. I hear a faint hum when I plug it in so i removed the access panel and see the compressor, start relay, and a capacitor. pretty simple layout.

how do i go about testing these parts? ohm/volt meter in hand. thanks.

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one other thing. the compressor hums, doesnt start and then clicks off.

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seems like it's either a bad Compressor Start Relay

OR a bad Compressor

http://www.repairclinic.com/Kenmore-Freezer-Model-1988183580-ID-167416-Compressor-Sealed-System-Parts'

 

similar to Whirlpool EH150CXSW00   c.1987

 

You could check the OHMs between each of the Compressor pins ,,

OR make a Compressor Test Start Cord

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thanks... how do u test the start relay..... it clicks when i shake iit

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thanks... how do u test the start relay..... it clicks when i shake iit

 

 

The shake test is pretty reliable as long as it's used an a positive indicator only:  if it rattles when you shake it it's bad.  

 

But just because a relay doesn't shake doesn't mean it's good.  I've seen many relays pass the shake test but the resistance between the to plugs is too high to start the compressor.  

 

Typical is around 5 ohms, less than 10 ohm is still okay.  If you start seeing much more than this, then replace the relay:  http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Start-Relay/2262181/1026717?modelNumber=EH150CXSW00

 

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