Both fans running/No cooling/Compressor hot & Not running

ApplianceKenmore Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Nutdriver

Jeff From Belfair, WA

Feb 04, 2013

First I checked the compressor, very hot to the touch & not running. I unplugged for a few minutes to cool & when I plugged it back in, it started for maybe a second or two. Then I unplugged the relay from the compressor and new instantly it was fried. So I decided to google the issue which led me too and I then realized this relay is called the start device/Relay and it also provides overload protection for the compressor. When I received the part or parts in this case, they came in a small box which included 2 combo relays, 2 overloads, 1 ptc start relay, 1 jumper wire, 1 electrical cover, 1 instruction sheet. By using the number on the compressor I was able to see that I needed to use the ptc start relay & one of the 2 overloads which plug onto the compressor & I needed to use the white jumper wire as the terminals were a different size on the ptc relay. At first I was a little confused because I unplugged one relay and the replacement was two separate parts. Had to read instructions carefully several times to make sure I was using the correct overload and ptc relay. I plugged in the fridge to test & it worked great so I unplugged and installed the electrical cover, reinstalled cardboard cover on back of fridge & I was done. Two weeks later fridge is working great!! Hope this helps.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Compressor Start Device Kit

Part Number: PS993073

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