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Lightning strikes. Refrigerator not starting.

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Hello,

 

Our house was hit by lightning yesterday. A few internal circuits got knocked out, and my DSL modem is shot, etc. The circuit my Frigidaire refrigerator (P/N FRT21FR7EQ1) is on did not shut down, and there's power to the refrigerator (lights, fans, etc.).  But I can hear it try to start, and it can't.  It sounds like:

 

*click*  <compressor tries to start> *click* <compressor shuts off after several seconds.>

 

The freezer is not freezing. I'm not sure about the refrigerator section, though.

 

I think it's the compressor that's trying to kick on -- sounds like the hum of an air conditioner. I'm trying to determine the right diagnostics and the parts to buy.  I'm thinking it's the compressor start relay. Any thoughts?  

 

Thanks for any insight.

 

Neil

 

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... Our house was hit by lightning yesterday

... I can hear it try to start, and it can't. . . . *click*  <tries to start> *click* <shuts off after several seconds.>

... The freezer is not freezing. I'm not sure about the refrigerator section

Sounds like a bad Start Relay OR may be a bad Compressor

Without Compressor running, Freezer nor Fridge will stay cold

May as well un-plug Power Cord before Compressor gets any worse

 

any part from RepairClinic can be returned for a refund (less shipping)

including electrical parts that have been installed

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&N=1062106

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Thank you for replying. 

 

Interesting. In this case it's the reverse: The freezer won't freeze but the refrigerator section remains cold. The compressor continues to cycle through what I mentioned in my original post -- tries to start but shuts off after about four seconds.  Do you still think it's the relay?

 

I also see that the device listed in the image you linked is out of stock. I can wait if it won't kill my compressor.

 

Neil

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Sounds like a bad Start Relay OR may be a bad Compressor

Without Compressor running, Freezer nor Fridge will stay cold

May as well un-plug Power Cord before Compressor gets any worse

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The replacement start relay/overload is the newer TSD style, (all electronic - no PTC disk), you original one is probably the same type.

 

The old PTC relays usually fail by the PTC disk blowing up and you never energize the start windings when trying to start the compressor so the compressor can't turn over at all and will just click off on the overload in 5-10 seconds, (no cooling at all).

 

The new TSD relays usually fail by not shutting down the start windings after the compressor starts, so it will actually start up and run for around 10-15 seconds then shut down on the overload.   The compressor is actually starting and running circulating the freon a little for 10-15 seconds every minute or two when the overload resets.   It will never be enough to get the freezer to freezing but the coils will get a little cooling and maybe keep 50-60 degrees in the whole unit, refrig and freezer sections.  This is really hard on the compressor so unplug it tell you can get the new part installed.

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Thanks to you both.  Apologies to RegUS_PatOFF: I misread your original response and didn't intend to make you repeat yourself.

 

I ordered the starter relay that RegUS_PatOFF posted above with overnight delivery so I should have it on Monday.  

 

Thanks again, and have a great day.

 

Neil

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... Can you recommend an online vendor

 

did you click on the posted link ?

 

any part from RepairClinic can be returned for a refund (less shipping)

including electrical parts that have been installed

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&N=1062106

Start-Device-241527804-01000530.jpg

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I replaced the starter, and the fridge works great. Thank you both for the assistance.

 

Neil

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