I had some electrical problems in my apartment that killed the power to
my refrigerator hundreds of times over the course of one night (zinsco
breaker). I would hear the motor turn on, then get cut off, and turn
on again. This continued for a while. Now the fridge is completely
electrically dead. No matter where it's plugged in, nothing works.
Its just a big, silent, dark object in my kitchen now.
Any ideas on what the problem part could be? If it's cheap stuff, I'll
just start swapping parts out until it works.
Something simple, like broken connection in the plug?
If it's accessible, find out where the cord connects
inside the fridge and check for voltage there.
Since the light is out too, it doesn't sound like
But don't just do that. Get a meter for 10 - 20 dollars, or 5, and
learn to find a problem.
Rather than first checking for 110 at the end of the cord inside the
fridge, first check for continuity (ohm scale) from the each prong of
the plug to one of the two ends of the cord inside the fridge. If
you find continuity in each wire, you'll still have to plug it in and
check for 110 at the same place, but I think you shoudl go a step at a
time. Move the fridge into the middle of the room so you don't have
to be contorted while doing tests. Then it will be easier to put the
probes where you intend to, and less likely to short something or get
There's usually a removable panel on the compressor-motor or near it
on the fridge body or frame. This cover is where the cord enters.
Open that cover and begin testing there. There could be a loose
connection in there, or some sort of fuse/breaker. I know that the
motors contain a load cutout, which cuts the power to the motor if it
draws too much amperage or gets too hot. But that should not cut the
power to the lights and such. Therefore I suspect you have a simply
problem like a bad plug or cord. On the other hand, are you sure the
breaker tripping was not caused by the fridge overloading the circuit.
A failing compressor will begin to cycle on and off every few seconds
and that plays havoc on a breaker. I had a fridge do that once and it
would go on and off until it would trip the breaker. Then that
internal load cutout protector began tripping. Thats when I did a
stupid thing and bypassed that protector. That was a stupid thing to
do, because it only took a few minutes before a large shower of sparks
blasted out from under the fridge. The house breaker ended the
"fireworks". After that, the fridge was completely dead. Of course
it was dead when the compressor began cycling. It either ran out of
freon or something jammed internally. I just invited the shower of
sparks by letting it self destruct.
So, if your cord and connections are good, you may have a failing or
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