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Compressor on refrigerator is not coming on

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compressor on refrigerator is not coming on
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

Hi, welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I look forward to helping you!

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If it is cool to the touch, the control is likely not energizing it. If the compressor is hot and not starting, the start device is likely. Is the compressor cool or warm?

May I please have your model number so I am able to provide you with accurate, model specific information?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
MFI2568AES
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

Thank you!

Is the compressor cool or warm?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Cool
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

Thank you! On the back of the cabinet is the main control board. That part will need to be replaced. It is shown as number 13 in the diagram at the link below. I can get you a direct link to the correct one for your refrigerator but will need the serial number, there are several different boards, depending on the serial number.

CLICK HERE

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Serial #12809739LT
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

The link below is to the part you will need from a highly recommended company rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau. They offer a 100% money back guarantee, EVEN ON INSTALLED ELECTRICAL PARTS, for an entire year! They are the only company to allow returns on installed parts for a refund and offer a FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY!

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Is there anyway to check the main control to make sure that it is the problem?
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

Yes, is the fan by the compressor running? If so, measure voltage at the compressor. If no voltage, board is bad.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
How do I do that?
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

You will need an electrical test meter to read the voltage at the compressor. Do you have a meter to test with?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

Okay, so measure from the wire to the overload (the white plastic part that is pushed onto the single compressor pin in the triangle) and to ground for 120 VAC when the refrigerator is turned on. Do you read 120 VAC there?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I replaced the control board but the refrigerator still isn't cooling
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

Is the compressor running now?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

Did you test the voltage as per last instructions?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No. I have to find my voltage meter.
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

Ah, okay. So we will need to see what is happening there.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ok
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

Keep me posted.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
where do I place the leads to test the voltage at the compressor
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

On the wire to the overload on the side of the compressor and any metal point on the frame.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
what should the reading be
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

It should read 120 volts AC.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I think it's the capacitor or the start relay. I think that if it was the start relay that the compressor would turn on and off and it is not so I think it is the capacitor.
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

The capacitor is a run capacitor and will not affect the compressor starting. It can be removed and is only there to help with compressor efficiency. Are you getting voltage at the compressor?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I'm not sure exactly where to check it
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

If you post a picture of what you see, I can mark it for you.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
would the relay keep the compressor from starting?
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

No, but the overload in the start device would.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
By what I have told you do you think the compressor could be bad?
Expert:  ApplianceMAN replied 9 months ago.
Do you still need help here ?
Expert:  ApplianceMAN replied 9 months ago.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I still need help
Expert:  ApplianceMAN replied 9 months ago.
Alright so replace.capicstor and still nothing ?We really need to check.power at compressor.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I didn't replace the capacitor because from my understanding that wouldn't cause the compressor not to come on. Is that correct?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What is the overload in the start device?
Expert:  ApplianceMAN replied 9 months ago.
Overload is a small circular part. The relay is the control on bottom. Can you take a picture of the compressor controls I will draw you where we need and what we need to test compressor. :) Be really simpleMind you if you have a meter and ohm.meter