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kenmore compressor hot & wont start8.9, 4.6, 6.2 ohms Tested capac

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kenmore compressor hot & wont start
8.9, 4.6, 6.2 ohms
Tested capacitor with cap tester ,showing 16mf was rated 15mf.
Ol/relay not rattling
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Michelle-mod replied 3 years ago.


I've been working hard to find a Professional to assist you with your question, but sometimes finding the right Professional can take a little longer than expected.

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Thank you!


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

ok, go ahead

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Relist: Other.
Have not received answer yet since yesterday.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Please note that its a "Refrigerator" compressor in my question, so if u can add this word in my question.


Expert:  Michelle-mod replied 3 years ago.

We will continue to look for a Professional to assist you.

Thank you for your patience,
Expert:  Barry G. replied 3 years ago.

Hello my name is XXXXX XXXXX you for choosing our service.

Look in the fresh food section for the sticker up high on the wall, your model number has a prefix (110, 253, 596,106) are some for example. Could you please post that prefix along with the (.) and the model number.

Also is the compressor too hot to hold your hand on?


What is the voltage to the compressor measured from the frame ground to any of the wire terminals at the relay?


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

kenmore rerigerator mod# 596. 516 70 100

cant find prifix #


123 v on relay one pin, condenser fan running,

compressor tyring to start (humming), Relay/OL tripped after 16 sec,

condenser fan stopped, removed relay and checked voltage on relay, no voltages, Relay/OL reset approx after 5 min.

Checked capacitor with capacitor testor =16mf

8.9, 4.6, 6.2 ohms on compressor winding.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

one more thing because compressor tripped after 16 sec so its not hot i can put my hand for forever

Expert:  Barry G. replied 3 years ago.
Thank you, If you find my answer satisfactory please login if you are not already logged in and leave an ok or better rating.

You can try a new overload and relay set and see if that gets it going but too if the overload and relay set is bad the compressor could have caused that failure. Really the only thing you can do is try a new one and see if it runs. If it does not then you will know the compressor is in fact bad. I have the overload and relay set linked below. And these do fail

Unplug the refrigerator. On the compressor pictured below the parts are mounted where the red arrow is pointing in the picture. The parts pull straight off, they fit tightly but they will pull off. Change the parts and wire it and plug it in.
If you have questions about my answer please click the "Reply To Link"


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

We r not sure which one is bad eighter relay, OL, capacitor or compressor.

Decide your own rating and I'll rate you.

I am waiting for OL/Relay and capacitor shipment.

Thanks for your help

Expert:  Barry G. replied 3 years ago.
Oh man I can t do that. I m an honest person.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

replaced capacitor and ol/relay still same problem.


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

replaced capacitor and ol/relay still same problem,no luck.

have to replace the refrigerator now.


Expert:  Chas replied 3 years ago.

Hi, my name is Chas, I am hoping that I will be able to help you with your problem today..



Was the model of the compressor a Techumsah? It should also have a blue indian on it?