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Good afternoon, is the refrigerator completely silent or are the fans still running ?
It sounds like the fan in the refrigerator is running but nothing on the freezer side
The fan is running this AM
We removed the cover. The compressor doesn't appear to be running and it is almost too hot to touch
We unplugged the unit for about 10 minutes to let the compressor cool down and something started clicking about 3 minutes after we plugged it back in
I assume the relay is more likely to fail than the capacitor
We haven't looked specifically at the relay yet. I am trying to help my daughter in law because my son is traveling.
I have seen internet stories about seeing if the relay rattles and/or sheds small pieces when removed
We picked up the repair kit from Sears. There weren't any instructions and the black part is much smaller than the one removed from the side of the compressor. (It rattles when shaken)
Is it possible the original black piece comes apart?
Yes, my daughter in law can't figure out how to make the new pieces fit. Do they stack together somehow?
The kit contained 2 medium sized white pieces, one of which is marked as being for our refrigerator, a short wiring harness, a small black device with two contacts and 2 smaller white pieces with a couple of contacts
I haven't actually looked at the new relay closely, but shouldn't it have 3 contacts
well the relay has 2 and the overload (white part) has one. how many wires does the refrigerator have going to the compressor ?
I think we figured it out. The relay must be contained inside the larger whte piece and the black piece with 2 leads is the capacitor.
Interestingly enough, there was an overload piece preassembled inside of the new larger white piece. Should we have replaced the preassembled one with one of the 2 included in the kit?
We put everything together and the compressor started right up