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  1. Peter Orban

    Peter Orban Guest

    Hi Everyone,

    We have fridge, about 15 years old, GE make.
    Increasingly it hesitates when starting the compressor. The relay
    clicks, and then nothing. It tries it a couple of times, then finally
    the compressor starts. Unfortunately it starts doing this more frequently.
    I have checked Sam's notes, and it looks that it is either the starting
    relay or the compressor itself.
    Any anecdotal comment on which one is more likely to fail?
    Are starting relays repairable?

    Thanks, Peter
     
  2. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    If the relay is bad, it will have to be replaced. These from my experience
    these are not reliably repairable. If you put a volt meter across the
    compressor input, and see voltage there, and the compressor is not starting,
    it is very likely the compressor has to be replaced.

    Your best solution is to call a service person who can properly deal with
    your refrigerator problem, unless you don't mind loosing all of its contents
    very soon. It does sound like the compressor will eventually not start at
    all.

    When replacing the compressor, the gas will have to be let out, and the
    system will have to be re-gassed. If your refrigerator is using the older
    gas, it will be very expensive to re-gas it. For some of the older models,
    there is a modification kit. You will have to re-evaluate everything at that
    point, and see if it is cheaper to scrap the old fridge, and get a newer
    one. The new ones are much more energy efficient, and will last a long time.

    --

    Jerry G.
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    Hi Everyone,

    We have fridge, about 15 years old, GE make.
    Increasingly it hesitates when starting the compressor. The relay
    clicks, and then nothing. It tries it a couple of times, then finally
    the compressor starts. Unfortunately it starts doing this more frequently.
    I have checked Sam's notes, and it looks that it is either the starting
    relay or the compressor itself.
    Any anecdotal comment on which one is more likely to fail?
    Are starting relays repairable?

    Thanks, Peter
     
  3. If there is voltage at both the start and run windings.

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  4. NSM

    NSM Guest

    The relay. Possibly the capacitor.
    I've done it but no. My test would be to start it with manual switches. If
    that's OK then it's the switch. If not, check the cap. If still no, look for
    a good deal or get a free fridge from www.freecycle.org

    Forget about compressor repair/replacement.

    N
     
  5. AutoTracer

    AutoTracer Guest

    Mine did that last year. Eventually the compresser wouldn't start at all.
    I had to replace the whole fridge. Replacing a compressor is like changing
    a picture tube; not worth it at all. repair cost as much or more than
    replacement. 15-20 years is the intended life of a fridge anyway.
     
  6. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Does it have a starting capacitor? In my experience with electric motors,
    that fails more often than anything else.
     
  7. Peter Orban

    Peter Orban Guest

    Hi Everyone,

    Many thanks for all the comments and ideas!
    The fridge is working now, so no further investigation has been done.
    I was not planning to replace the compressor if that is the cause. Also
    checked the price of a starting relay, it is C$25.00 - C$50.00.
    I do not know if the unit has a starting capacitor, I will certainly
    check that one too.

    Thanks again, Peter
     
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