How To Test Refrigerator Compressor

START RELAY / OVERLOAD

(Compressor clicking won’t start)

The start relay can also cause the fresh food and the freezer sections not to work. If the start relay is bad, the compressor will not start and you will hear a clicking noise in 2-5 minute intervals. The clicking noise is the overload cutting the compressor off when it overheats from trying to start with a bad start relay. To find out if this is bad first unplug the refrigerator. Then take the cover off that is on the side of the compressor. Now you should be able to see the start relay plugged on to the side of the compressor and unplug it. Now the best way to tell if it’s bad is to shake it. If it rattles, it’s bad and needs to be replaced. If not, most of the time it’s ok. But rather than saying the compressors bad, you might want to replace it anyway because it doesn’t cost much.

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24 thoughts on “Fridge Compressor Not Starting Replace Start Relay & Overload

  1. TheAtom says:

    I'm having this weird probem with a new mini fridge I got this year. Keep in mind this is a MINI FRIDGE & not a regular house fridge. Its a Daewoo so I guess the hardware is subpar quality. The overload/relay unit was having issues within the first week of getting it. It was causing a trip on our houses electrical system every time the motor kicked in. So I eventually got around to taking a look at the issue & got an OEM replacement relay/overload unit made by an off brand maker/seller called Uxell via Amazon. Installed the new replacement plugged it back in the outlet & turned it back on. Was thrilled to see it started up again with no electrical tripping issues but noticed it ran longer & stayed off longer which caused the sides of the fridge to get pretty hot to the touch & when it was off the frezer would start to melt instead of turning back on to maintain a safe opperating temp. I am at a complete loss here. Any idea what the hell is going on?

  2. Hamblett Metal says:

    Great vid
    . A common misdiagnoses is the standard lazy answer ' bad compressor' they should always check the ' run capacitor ' first if this 10 buck part is bad the compressor
    relay will click but it won't start and doesn't know which way to run. Check my channel for what looks like. Hope it helps

  3. William Miller says:

    where to order? or sell yourself. part number was flashed had to freeze to see it. otherwise a lot of talk about ordering but no specific info. godd video thou. very specific. get an editor and you'll be famous.

  4. Tavy says:

    Hello I bought one use fridge to repair in the back the Cooper pipe close to compressor it's broken,what I can do to repair the fridge ? the last orner he checket with the technician and he cut the cooper pipe in the back ,after the orner decide to sell the fridge
    I think the technician told the orner the cost to fix it's to much
    But I want to fix the fridge
    Thank you very much.

  5. Keenan Faddy says:

    I have a 20 year old Ge refrigerator; the overload is bad. The overload has 2 wires connected to it, (black and red) the relay has 2 wires, (orange and white). I can't find an identical overload. The overload you have, shows only one black wire connected to it. Can I use the same overload and relay as yours and how are the wires will be connected. Thank you in advance

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