Where to buy Refrigerator parts in local store (I am living in San Jose, CA)


My 7-year Kenmore refrigerator is not cooling any more. This is killing me and my house food. After some investigation, I found the problem could be fixed as easily as just replacing a small part (the compressor Start Relay). Does anybody know where I can buy such a part in local store of San Jose, CA. Or do you know what kind of store are selling such parts? I am desperate and will really appreciate your help.
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On 29 Apr 2007 00:38:56 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

How about simply letting your fingers walk through the Yellow pages under: Appliances, parts and service.... and/or Refrigeration, parts and service...
Doug
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On 29 Apr 2007 00:38:56 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Doesn't Sears have it? That would be best. I thought they were pretty good about stocking parts. Although if they are insisting you buy a whole compressor, that would not be a good idea. And you can't install that without special tools and training.
If it is only a regular relay, and I can't imagine that it's not, figure out the voltage on the coil, probably 110VAC, but measure it, and how much secondary amperage it must carry, and how many poles you need, and if you need double throw or not, and you might even be able to buy it at radio shack. Or most cities have at least one electronic parts store, and they would sell at least a couple relays. Get one that will fit in the physical space available (by which I mean, see how big that is before you leave home.)
San Jose is certainly big enough for one such store, and maybe more. Loook under "Electronics, Parts and supplies" I think the category is, but it might be different, and I'm not sure they even use all the same categories everywhere in the country. But call the store first, because some of them will sell no small parts at all, only microphones and blank cassettes and crap like that.
Finallly www.mouser.com and maybe www.mcmelectronics.com has relays, and you can fast shipping if you pay for it.
Surely by now you've eaten all the food that requires refrigeration, anyhow.
Try to get a relay that will accept the kind of connectors you are currently using, but don't count on getting that. You may have to cut the connectors off and solder the wires on. If you cant' solder while it is stuffed in the refrigerator, connect added wire and fold it up when you're done. If the replacement relay is too big, you may need added wire to mount the relay someplace new. (I have the transformer for my furnace/AC mounted a foot away from where the original one was, because it is too big to fit in the original space. Been that way for 24 years.)
If the relay for sale has more poles than yhou need, that's ok. You don't have to use them all. And if it is double throw, instead of single, that's ok too because you don't have to use the other side of the switch. Replacment relays often have the max number of poles and throws so they don't have to stock too many models.
You just need to know that the secondary can carry the amount of current that the current secondary carries. You can judge that by how big the metal parts of the wires are, how thick the metal wire is. Or more simply, a 12 or 15 amp secondary at 115VAC is going to be enough.
It might be tricky but you could also probably bypass the relay and run the wires that are connected to the secondary, the switch, from under the refrigerator to a switch or two that you control manually. Then, after studying the wiring diagram a little more, you could run your fridge manually for a few days, until you get the part. Get it cold inside and if you don't open it, it will stay cold for the 9 or 10 hours you are gone during working hours. Certailnly in this weather that's true, but even if it were hotter.
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There is such a thing as a hard start relay kit. It is a generic part and fits many units. Some relays are a little more high-tech and can't take a subtitute. You can try Reliable in Seattle, or 1st Source all over Texas. Both of these companies will ship to you.
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http://www.repairclinic.com / Used these folks online been very happy with site and service. Nice newsletter too if you sign up

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Can't help you with a local store, and from my experience they never have the part you need in stock anyway - I'd try
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Log onto www.google.com and type in "Sears parts"
First "hit" is http://www3.sears.com/
Follow the links to enter your model number. Search for the part. Credit card, and in a couple days you have your part.
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