Push-On Start Relay

PartSelect Number PS896233

The start relay briefly boosts the compressor, and then shuts off as soon as the motor gets up to speed.

This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Will not start.
  • Fridge section too warm.
  • Freezer section too warm.
  • Clicking sound.
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45 of 52 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used

Level of DifficultyDifficult

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

Tools

CustomerMichael from Carlisle PA

Refrigerator would not cool, start relay was shot.

I ordered the three parts from the diagram for my model. The new relay was not at all similar to the old one (3 connections instead of 2, new cover. Seareching for about an hour on the web I found some blogs that helped. In case anyone else asks, here is the answer. The old relay had two connections - white wire to one and 2 orange wires to the other. The new relay had three connnection - they are numbered on the relay, attach as follows - White to #3, orange from capacitor to #2, orange from harness to #1. Blue stays with overload. I am surprised that the so-called experts had no idea what to do, but a simple homeowner was able to figure it out!! Fridge works perfectly now..

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28 of 34 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used

  • Push-On Start Relay

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerRoger from Bethesda MD

Refrigerator stopped cooling, otherwise fine

Well first of all, I was afraid that the compressor was shot and I'd need a whole new refrigerator (ack $1000!!!). After googling/reading, I figured out that the starter relay mounted on the compressor was burned out. (loud click as thermal cutout shuts down compressor.) So, I ordered a replacement part, overnight shipping. Unfortunately, this was on a Friday night, so I had to figure out how to keep the fridge cold all weekend (til Tuesday). I'd already moved frozen stuff to a chest freezer, but the inside of the fridge compartment was now nearly warm at this point, so I got 10 lb of dry ice. That got things cooled down initially. Well, turns out that with a short piece of wire, you can momentarily jump across the terminals of the relay and kick start the compressor. It then runs until either the defrost cycle stops it or the thermostat kicks it off. Anyway, all weekend, every six hours or so, I turned off the fridge for a minute to cool down the overheated, stalled compressor, then turned it on and jumped the terminals to start it up. Kind of a pain, but saved lots of food. Overall, the $30+$30 (shipping) for the part saved me from having to get a new refrigerator, so I'm quite pleased. I've used Part Select many times now. Very fast service and shipping, great website/database. I shop around and every time end up buying from them again.

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27 of 36 people found this instruction helpful

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)

CustomerELTON from WAXAHACHIE TX

Both sides would't get cold

WASN'T SURE WHICH SWITCH WAS BAD SO I ORDERED ALL THREE. THOUGHT MAYBE COMPRESSOR WAS BAD, BUT IT WAS THE OVERLOAD. I REMOVED PLASTIC COVER ON COMPRESSOR, UNPLUGGED WIRES AND SLID OVERLOAD OFF OF PRONGS (PINS) ATTACHED TO THE COMPRESSOR. SAME WITH THE SECOND SWITCH, BOTH ARE ATTACHED TO THE COMPRESSOR. SAVED BUYING A NEW FRIDGE FOR $1400.00. EASY , CHEAP JOB!

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18 of 23 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used

  • Push-On Start Relay

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

Customerkelly from glen allen VA

Refrigerator stop cooling

I was about to waste $1000 on buying a Refrigerator. Took 1 mins to search on google "Refrigerator doesn't work". Found a video on youtube, showed a step and step video to solve my problem. Order the part $50 and it took me less then 5 mins to install it. =)

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8 of 8 people found this instruction helpful

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerTerry from Knoxville TN

Compressor not working

Extremely easy install. Just popped off the cover located on the side of the compressor. Noted placement of the wires on the overload and relay. Took a small screwdriver to slide both from the electrical pins on the compressor...take care doing this. Unplugged the wires, plugged the new components to the wires and installed to the compressor. Plugged in the frig and the compressor came on. Not sure why these went out to begin with but the fix was extremely easy and saved me the expense of a repair man.

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9 of 12 people found this instruction helpful

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerMansoor from Westbury NY

Refigrator was not coolling

Pull the refigrator out, unscrew the back plate and the pull the relay & overload out; and put the new one in. It was that simple. The video actually helped me a lot too.

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8 of 16 people found this instruction helpful

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerSteven from Mobile AL

Stopped running

replaced overload, but the start relay looked different, and wasn't sure how to replace it.Unit is now running

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6 of 11 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used

  • Push-On Start Relay

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver

Customerdanny from adelanto CA

Fridge ouit cooling

where the wires crossed at the start relay, 20 years of vibration allowed them to short out and burn out the start relay ..since i have 2 identical fridges i switched the run capacitor to determine it was'nt bad too...ordered a start relay wednesday nite and got it friday morning...cold fridge by noon...good service and the part was exactly the same as the original....

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