I keep seeing blow ups of the relay:
Where is looks like it comes in several pieces. On
mine, where the pieces look to snap together, they
are melted together. Not sure it that is on purpose
This link gives a great representation of what is
going on in the relay:
Sometimes I use contact cleaner and move plugs in jacks to get a meter
to read 0 ohms.
If it's adding a consistent 5 ohms, that would mean 4+5=9, as expected
of good windings.
Did you check output from the relay, disconnected from the motor? If I
hooked up the meter and plugged the refrigerator in (or switched a
breaker on), I'd look for 120 from run to common and a momentary 120
from start to common. A new relay might fix it!
But I've been wrong before...
Ah yes, the benefits of placebomeniphan. Worked with a shrink once who
thought that most substance abusers needed SOMETHING to hang on to to
hand their troubles on. He used to RX tryptophan. There was a biologic
response so the addicts knew something was happening, it was cheap,
pretty much impossible to OD and (according to the doc) the only major
side effect was to get a little nervous around Thanksgiving.
"Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital."
Remember the last time you told one of your friends "Doctor
said you gonna die!". Well ... enter the "Norcebo Effect".
Not very nice!
"In medicine, a nocebo (Latin for "I shall harm") is a
harmless substance that creates harmful effects in a
patient who takes it. The nocebo effect is the negative
reaction experienced by a patient who receives a nocebo.
Conversely, a placebo is an inert substance that creates
either a positive response or no response in a patient
who takes it.
Okay now, which one of your guys is GONNA DIE!
Oops, when I posted this before, I was assuming that the refrigerator was
fairly new with digital/computer circuitry and software since you wrote
above: "Purchased ~ 12/2010".
But, in a recent post you wrote that you bought in 2001, not 2010, so it's
13 years old. Of course, my "reboot" idea won't work on a 13 year old
In case it helps, we recently had a central HVAC system that produced a
burning smell and then wouldn't cool. We have a utility company "WorryFree"
service contract on that unit and they came out and the problem was the
start capacitor (or whatever that is called) on the compressor. He replaced
the start capacitor and that fixed it. I think he said the burning smell
came from the bad capacitor, but I am not sure about that.
So, maybe if you try your idea of replacing the start capacitor that will
fix it. If not, then maybe look on Craig's List for a used one, or buy a
And in 10 years, hopefully, I will remember what I did!
New refrigerators are such shite these days too. Only
expected to last 5 to 7 years. Cost of ownership is
though the roof. It is better/cheaper to fix a long
lived older unit than to waste your money on a new one
every 5 to 7 years.
This review rips new refrigerators:
"Let's just go ahead and state it. There are NO
long-life refrigerators anymore. In ANY brand. There
are only fridges in certain models that may work all
right with minor issues over their lifetime (5-7 years,
perhaps somewhat more if you're lucky), and the
others - with near-constant repairs. There will
always be exceptions with mass-produced appliances,
and no one is going be able to provide you with
statistical samplings based on an entire appliance
field, but in general, this is the state of affairs
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