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 Posted: Wed Feb 20th, 2008 08:10 pm
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I don't know, it hard to tell, chances are not.



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RegUS_PatOff,

The new relay finally arrived today.  It's a little different in size and configuration from the old one, but the parts guys said not to worry.  So I put it in and replaced the overload protector.  Nothing happened.  The freezer side worked, but nothing on the fridge side.  Not even the fan inside the fridge compartment turned on.  So I'm thinking, "Crap, now I made it worse."  The new relay has four positions for the hot (white) wire numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4.  So I tried all four positions (actually, the fourth position doesn't have a post), so just the three.  Again, nothing.  And I'm thinking, every time I veere off and try and fix something like this, I just screw it up.  So I tried putting the old overload protector back on, and then every other permutation.  Nothing.

Finally, I looked into the back of the fridge compartment and realized the damn fridge control switch was on "Off."  Low and behold, I turned it on, and guess what.  It works.  Unbelievable.  As I write this posting, the fridge is cooling down and humming along fine.  I've decided to go ahead and have a local certified Sub Zero tech come out on Monday and do a once over on the unit just to make sure there's nothing else I missed.  He'll charge $55 and I think it's worth it.  Much better than the almost $1,000 they would have charged for the compressor.

So RegUS_PatOff, really, thanks very much for your help.  I'm still in shock that the damn thing works.  Is there anything else you think I should do or watch out for with the fridge?  For example, should I try and figure out why the start relay burned out, or do they just do that over time?

Again, much thanks for the help.  It saved me a lot of money, and i appreciate it.

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the start relay gets a lot of use, each time the compressor starts...

the overload should hardly get used.

Since you'll probably going to keep that fridge for a while, you may want to look into getting the right start relay for the freezer (depends on compressor model number)

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And appl.tech.29501:

Thanks for your help in helping me diagnose and test the relay and compressor.   The parts tested out exactly how you said they would.  The start relay tested bad, and the compressor tested fine.  And as it turned out, that's exactly what was wrong with the unit -- bad start relay.  Thanks again.

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I have the same problem with a Sub-Zero model 532 side-by-side refrigerator.  I hear a "clicking" sound at the base of the refrigerator compressor.  The starting relay part number is 9660-042-112 and it is no longer available. 

Any suggestions?  Who were you able to purchase it from?

Thanks,

Gerardo.

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Why not go with an IC 41 relay? Its fairly common and will work on the compressor you listed .....should cost you about 10 bucks.

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I have been looking for a replacement solid state relay and you are the first to recommend one.  I really need to get the specific compressor information, albeit, I'm having trouble reading the information on the black stamped metal tag.  I even tried reading it with a mirror and flashlight.

In the meantime, where can I find an IC 41 relay?

Also, what about a one size fits all relay from Supco:

http://www.supco.com/images/pdfs/2006%20Refrgeration%20Section%2054-63.pdf

Thanks for your help.

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