How to Replace a Refrigerator Start Relay How to Replace a Refrigerator Start Relay

What You'll Need
Allen wrench
New compressor relay
Needle nose pliers

A well-maintained refrigerator may last for a long time but there are those that encounter problems that need repair such as the start relay or the compressor relay. A start relay is responsible for supplying power on the hotline that run into the compressor and help the compressor itself start and run. Symptoms of a damaged compressor relay are when the refrigerator begins to warm up and certain clicking sounds are heard. When your refrigerator is having problems cooling then the probable culprit is a bad or damaged start relay. Replacing a damaged refrigerator start relay is easy and will save you cost of paying a technician to repair this simple problem. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to replace a refrigerator start relay.

 Step 1 - Unplugging the Refrigerator

Before starting on the refrigerator work, safety should be practiced by taking the refrigerator off the plug to avoid electrocution and turn off the circuit breaker that gives electricity to your refrigerator.

Step 2 - Wear Protective Gears

When dealing with electricity it is always recommended to wear safety gears such as an insulated gloves and safety glasses to avoid untoward incidents from happening such as accidental electrocution.

Step 3-Removal of the Refrigerator Panel

A panel is seen by the front lower part of the refrigerator and in some refrigerator by the back lower part. This portion should be taken out. Loosen the screws attaching the cover to the refrigerator.

Step 4-Locating the Refrigerator Capacitor

Confirm if a capacitor is present. The capacitor is a tube-like part of the refrigerator with wiring attachments to the compressor and to the relay. Once this part is found, remove the leads from the resister part and onto the leads of the capacitor. This process will decrease the capacitor’s ohms to ensure that there is no shock accident to occur during the procedure.

 Step 5-Locating the Relay Terminal Cover

Determine the location of the relay terminal cover. Its normal placement is by the lower interior part at the back portion of the refrigerator. A wire will be visible that is connecting to the cover from the compressor. Take out the cover and the start relay will be found directly underneath the cover. Wirings will be seen attached to the relay connected to the compressor. A spool of copper wires will be seen wrapping the relay. These wires should be taken out by pulling the connector attaching it to the relay.

Step 6-Replacement of the New Start Relay

Find a start relay at appliance stores or hardware stores. Connect the wire again back to the new start relay. Press on the new relay back to the connectors that the old start relay was removed from. Snip the terminal cover back on. Return the cover panel of the refrigerator back on. The refrigerator can now be plugged back on.

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