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How do I replace a Compressor Start Relay in a Chest Freezer?

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Disconnect the electrical power.

    Shut off the circuit breaker for the freezer if you want to unplug it.

  2. Remove the grille cover.

    Pull the control knob from the thermostat. The compressor grille cover needs to be removed. To get to the back of the thermostat, you have to open the grill cover. The cold control thermostat must be secured to the compressor grille cover by squeezing together the 2 locking tabs.

  3. Disconnect the wires from the compressor start relay.

    Remove the wire harness from the compressor start relay and release the locking tabs by squeezing the wire harness plug.

  4. Remove the compressor start relay.

    There is a wire retainer in the compressor start relay. Pull the compressor start relay out of the connection terminal.

  5. Install the new compressor start relay.

    The compressor start relay should be positioned next to the compressor. The compressor start relay needs to be pushed into the compressor terminal. Remove the wire retainer from the starter relay.

  6. Reconnect the wires to the compressor start relay.

    The start relay has a wire harness plug. Make sure the locking tabs are in place.

  7. Reinstall the grille cover.

    Push the cold control thermostat into the compressor grille cover. Attach the locking tabs on the thermostat to the grill cover. Push the control knob down on the stem of the cold control thermostat when you position the control knob on the front of the thermostat. Use the mounting screws to secure the compressor grille cover on the freezer cabinet.

  8. Restore electrical power.

    You can restore power by plugging in the freezer or the house circuit breaker.

Time required: 15 minutes.

You would need the following tools: Phillips screwdriver, pliers, work gloves.

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