compressor won't start

ApplianceMagic Chef Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

James From Brooklyn, NY

Apr 08, 2011

4 out of 6 people found this instruction helpful

Diagnosis: Defrost timer tested fine for continuity. Removed relay/capacitor unit from compressor (carefully). Tested compressor connections for continuity (OK). I tested the connection paths from timer to compressor and they were fine. At this point, I figured it could only be two things: [1]bad compressor or [2] bad relay/capacitor. I put the odds on the relay and bet the $70 on the part. Before installation, I marked the timer position with a sharpie. It's located on the ceiling of the refrigerator compartment. After the part installation, the compressor kicked in, purring quietly. Condenser coils warm, Evaporator coils cold. After a few hours I had ice in the freezer. I checked the timer markings with a compact mirror. It had advanced over a half turn, assuring that the timer motor functions. . Next, I went to the grocery store.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Overload Relay Kit (Now subbed to Start-Device Combination (Star)

Part Number: PS1485225

In Stock

Run Capacitor

Part Number: PS2064175

In Stock