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My refrigerator compressor tries...

My refrigerator compressor tries to turn on, at least I hear something for about 5 seconds, then it stops. then after a couple minutes it tries for 5 seconds again. I thought I'd check the relay first since I don't know how to check a compressor.

Contractor's Assistant: What's the make and model of the fridge? And can you guesstimate how old is it?

Its a maytag MBF1958XEW6. has an embrace compressor EM3Y60HLP

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

New in 2012

Contractor's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

It was working fine with no temperature problems. it just happened all at once.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Appliance
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Appliance Technician: Master Tech, Whirlpool Master Technician replied 8 months ago
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I`m sorry to hear that your having issues!
My name is Woody.
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This unit does not have the old style relay it uses a PTC start devise.

Do you have a Volt-Ohm meter and know how to use it? to be able to do any component or voltage testing

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have a volt-ohm meter and also have a clamp on amp meter both ac & dc. I know how to use all of these.
Appliance Technician: Master Tech, Whirlpool Master Technician replied 8 months ago

ok so let`s use you clamp on amp probe on the red wire to the compressor and tell me what is the amps that the compressor is pulling when it does this hum and then click .

If it`s amperage draw is 10-13 amps then the compressor will need to be replaced.

If the amperage is 3-5 amps then you should be able to get by with just replacing the PTC start device.

If you need part numbers let me know for the PTC , if the compressor is bad I would recommend just replacing the refrigerator , due to the price of parts and labor will be approx $500.00 if not over.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I won't be able to test this out until Saturday 9/30. when I do, I will let you know what reading I get on the amp meter.
Appliance Technician: Master Tech, Whirlpool Master Technician replied 8 months ago

ok No problem I will be online until 5 pm EST today

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