Compressor failing to start, repeated buzzing sound

ApplianceAmana Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Isako From Burlingame, CA

Jan 08, 2010

10 out of 13 people found this instruction helpful

pull out the fridge, unplug. remove 4 screws to remove the black panel covering the compressor area (remember to unhook the power cord off of it). locate the capacitor/relay switch which is on the left side of the compressor. There is a wire hook that holds the capacitor in place. unhook the wire, then pry loose the relay and capacitor off. then unhook the wire connector (there's a latch you'll have to press or pull up to loosen the connector). put the new capacitor on the new relay, put the wire connector on the new relay, then plug it back into the compressor. one securely plugged in, put the wire hook back on.
hook the power cord back on the black rear panel, screw it back onto the fridge.
I think the hardest part of all this for me was trying to pull the refrigerator out of the cabinet. once I got access to the rear of the fridge, it was very straightforward.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Relay Overload

Part Number: PS1631335

In Stock

Run Capacitor

Part Number: PS2064175

In Stock