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How do I replace a Compressor Start Relay in a Refrigerator?

The compressor motor's start windings are powered by the start relay. The compressor runs using the run windings of the motor after the start relay shuts off the voltage to the start windings. The compressor will not work if the start relay is broken. A repair of the Start relay wiring will fix the problem if the wiring fails.

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Shut off the power

    The wall outlet has a power cord.

  2. Remove the rear compartment cover

    The wall has a refrigerator on it. The screws on the rear compartment cover need to be removed.

  3. Remove the compressor relay

    Remove the wire retainer from the compressor. The start relay has a wire harness. The start relay needs to be pulled and the compressor needs to be unplugged.

  4. Install the new overload/ptc relay

    The old start relay should be moved to the new start relay. Plug the new start relay into the compressor terminal. The wire harness needs to be put into the new start relay. The start relay on the compressor can be held by the wire retainer.

  5. Reinstall the rear compartment cover

    Place the rear compartment cover on the back of the fridge.

  6. Restore electrical power

    Push the refrigerator back into place by plugging it in.

Time required:

15 minutes.

You would need the following tools:

nut driver set, slot screwdriver, work gloves.

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