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Why would the start relay on my refrig compressor burn up after 4 years?

It is a Kenmore model 106.53532300. It has always worked fine and showed no signs of problems prior. We did just have it shipped to our new home but we waited a long time before we plugged it in. The compressor and other parts appear to be in good condition. I could just replace the parts but I am concerned that something else could be wrong that would just cause another failure. I would just have a technician come out but I am overseas (thus, the reason I do not want to have to continually ordered parts).

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scott d
Most of the time a burn’t relay is due to a loose connection. It could also be from a shorted compressor though. If you have a meter you can check the compressor terminals. First make sure the unit is unplugged. Now check across each terminal first to ground, if you get any kind of reading on any of the terminals the compressor is grounded and will need to be replaced. If all the terminals check ok then check across them. If you get a reading of 0 it means the compressor is shorted.

Now if you are oversees that can be the problem. You need to verify what the voltage and cycle is there. That could be what caused the relay to burn and may have also affected the compressor. If you need more assistance you can resubmit your question with more details.
by scott d Earned 139,392 community points in Appliances
January 26th, 2009
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