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Old 06-23-14, 06:28 PM
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camp refrigerator problem

I have a small (approx. 12cf) refrigerator probably 26 years old Montgomery Ward brand that we have been using at our seasonal camp for years. Recently (after working for a few weeks after turning it on for the summer) I noticed it wasn't cooling anymore. I listened to it and every few minutes the compressor would start for just a few seconds and then shut off. Before I toss it out I'm wondering if there might be some inexpensive way to repair this relic.
 
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Old 06-24-14, 12:57 AM
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Go to the compressor and look for the wiring. There is a black relay module (overload/start). Unplug it from the side of the compressor and see if it rattles.... loose parts inside.

Post me the model number for that unit.
 
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HMG 105600A I'm going back to the camp Monday so I'll do what you suggest then. Thanks.
 
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Old 06-25-14, 11:52 PM
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I couldn't find that number in the listing.There are many HMG fridges just nothing near that one.

In the following video is a description of the area for the relay and some troubleshooting ideas. There are actually several good videos and they will show in the right hand list. There are several different types of overloads used so if you watch a few of the videos you should have a pretty good idea what to look for.

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Replace the snap action relay. This is a protection device located under compressor terminal plastic cover. Most have tension clip to secure plastic cap. Pop this clip relay is small round black object snugged up to compressor housing.
 
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Thanks to you both and I'll let you know how I make out.
 
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