Whirlpool refrigerator not cooling

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Whirlpool refrigerator not cooling

Whirlpool model EEB191MK. It is a 25+ year fridge with the freezer on the bottom. Managing an estate offsite. Last visit stopped working. Took out Protector Overload and Starting Relay. Fans are running but no sounds from compressor. Inside of protector overload looked a little burnt. Should I assume the compressor is dead. I tried using my multimeter on it but wasn't getting stable ohm readings across the compressor posts. Without buying new parts what should I do to confirm the compressor is dead? Replacing the relay and protector overload looks pricey for a likely lost cause.
 
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Old 06-02-15, 09:23 PM
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I couldn't find your model number. Could it be EEB191PKWR1 ?

Checking the compressor is fairly straightforward once you get the start relay off. You should see three pins. One is common, one is start and one is run.

When you use your ohmmeter you are checking between the three pins.
From common to start will be around 6 ohms.
From common to run will be around 4 ohms.
From start to run will be around 10 ohms.

Set your meter to the lowest scale or 200ohms.

The following video is helpful too.
Compressor testing video on You Tube
 
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PJmax, thanks for the tips. The model number variant EEB191MKWR0 gives the right diagrams on an appliance site. It has an older style relay with two pin holes and another connector that goes to the overload protector. The relay gives no resistance across those two pin holes and it rattles when you shake it. I suspect the relay is bad. I have to re-test the compressor tomorrow. When a compressor goes out does that cause the relay to fry?
 
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Those older compressors were warhorses. They rarely went bad.

A rattling start relay means it has blown apart.
 
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