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 Posted: Wed May 19th, 2010 07:39 am
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I'm a novice, so please bear with me. Looks to me like the refrigerator was manufactured in Dec 2002. We bought it new and it has been in our basement since. Unit is plugged in. Temperature control is set slightly past halfway. Light works. Freezer and refrigerator doors have remained closed. No water is hooked up to this unit, so no icemaker, etc.

Refrigerator and freezer compartments are warm.

Condenser fan is running -- smooth and quiet -- and it is pristine. Looks like new. Condenser coils are also clean. Some dust on the first row of coils in the front -- now vacuumed and clean as well.

Evaporator fan is running (door open or not) and is blowing warm air. Again, smooth and quiet.

Compressor is dead quiet. No hum. No hum-click. I unplugged the unit. let it sit for a bit, and plugged it back in. No change. The fans return but the compressor doesn't even try.

Any chance there is a fixable solution (something wiring related, for example)? Or is the compressor fried, and I just need to start shopping for a new refrigerator? Trying to decide if it's worth having someone come out to take a look.

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Whirlpool Kenmore 106.60842102 Tech Sheets

It may be a bad Compressor PTC/Start Relay

they used (2) different types on that model.
(what brand of Compressor ?)

If you could post the picture of your PTC/Start Reay to http://www.postimage.org/

(unplugs from the Compressor)

maybe one of these ?



 



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Thank you so much for the very quick reply. I will find the info you're asking for and post it tonight (brand of compressor and picture of PTC/start relay).

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Okay, I pulled the start relay off of the compressor. I didn't post a picture of it because it is exactly like the one in the top picture in your post. There is a quote in the FAQ section that says, "Easy way to tell if the start relay is bad is by simply removing it from the compressor’s control pod and shaking it. If you hear any rattling, it’s fried." When I shake the start relay, the insides sound the same as when you shake a burned out light bulb.

** Here is the part number information (same as in the picture above) **

3ARR55M4F1A

2212964

Made in Mexico

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You also asked about the brand/model number of the compressor:

Embraco

EMY 60HSC

There is some other miscellaneous text as well: "Thermally Protected"; "9.1 LRA"; "R 134a" (I'm assuming that's the coolant); "115-127V/60Hz"; "No start without starting device"; and under the bar code -- "513308503/HA2NU5A0".

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So I have 2 questions:

1. Since I can hear a rattle in the start relay, does it make sense to order one of those, replace it, and see if the refrigerator works again?

2. On the front of the start relay is a "run capacitor": part number 2169373. Do I have to replace that too? It (just like everything else on the refrigerator) looks pristine. And (again, I'm just a novice) it seems to be just a solid piece -- i.e., nothing to break and/or fail.

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1) yes

2) no

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:oops: Oh, now I get it! Sorry -- apparently I'm a bit dense in the morning!

I will order the part this morning and go from there. I appreciate the help! Thank you!

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Unfortunately, replacing the start relay did not work. (Kudos to RepairClinic for the speedy part delivery!)

It's still not making any sound at all -- no hum, click, for example. The compressor fan and the fan in the freezer both run when plugged in and the light in the refrigerator turns on. The parts were replaced firmly and the wiring clip and ground were attached appropriately (where they were previously attached to the old part).

Do I assume the compressor is dead, or does the silence of the start relay offer up a thread of hope?

As before, thank you for your help.

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Do you have a volt ohm meter? Going to have to do some voltage / continuity checks from this point on.



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