Starter Switch

PartSelect Number PS899553

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

This part works with the following brands: Frigidaire, Gibson, Kelvinator, Kenmore, Tappan & White-Westinghouse.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Will Not Start.
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Parts Used

  • Starter Switch

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)

CustomerRaymond from San Antonio TX

Compressor would not start.

After earlier determing that the starter switch was at fault, I removed the cardboard lower back panel, shut off water to the ice maker, removed water line. The plug to the compressor containing the switch and capacitor was held on by a spring clip, removed clip pulled wires from old switch (Here needle nose pliars are handy as the spade clips on the 2 wires have their own locking clips) replaced switch and all wiring, tested unit and problem solved.

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Parts Used

  • Starter Switch

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerHarry from Rockwall TX

Refrigerator was trying to cycle compressor on, but each time the compressor started, it would stop due to the thermo breaker would open. The fans continued to run, so I figured it was starter relay.

Moved the refrig. out, removed the four screws that held the lower access panel in place. Disconnected the power cord. Removed the retainer clip wire and pulled the relays from the compressor socket. Separated the relays and installed the secondary relay on the new starter relay. Reinstalled the starter relay assembly into the compressor socket. Plugged the power cord in and listened for the compressor to cycle on. It cycled on and continued to run. Turned the power off and reinstalled the retainer clip wire. Reinstalled the access panel and plugged the power back in and left the refrig. run overnight. Checked temperature and also started the ice maker. Everything was normal by morning.

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