Refrigerator and freezer both stopped cooling

ApplianceWhirlpool Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver

Patrick From Green Valley, AZ

Jul 17, 2012

I read prior postings about how the compressor start relay was the most likely failed part based upon the periodic clicking as well as the rattle when the relay was shaken, with loose metal particles coming out of the original part. I ordered the replacement for next business day delivery and it arrived on schedule. The replacement kit comes with two relays for two different compressor designs. The correct relay is an exact replacement for the original, with the same part numbering. I removed the compressor start capacitor (a small black rectangular box with two metal terminals) from the original relay and installed it on the new part. The replacement kit comes with a black plastic cover, which did not fit since the start capacitor is in the way. I reinstalled the wire hook that secures the relay to the compressor body, and the refrigerator now works great.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Compressor Start Device Kit

Part Number: PS993073

In Stock