Looking at the schematic. It looks like a bad acapcitor will prevent power
from getting through to any of the circuits on the fridge. I have an Ammana
that is totally dead - no lights or anything. If I jumper power from
another circuit it comes to life.
Any ideas ?
What do you mean 'jumper power from another circuit'? Another household
circuit? I assume you tested the outlet and its good, right? If yu mean
an internal circuit in the fridge I then someone else will need to jump
No - I jumpered a circuit on the back of the fridge. And it started up. I
removed the jumper and its running fine. My guess is a component in the
power path to the circuit that feeds the lights is the culprit. The
capaciter looks like the only thing.
Dont see that at all, however, if you mean that the compressor would not
start, and you put power from another part of the unit that was getting
power to it, that would lead one to think you had either a bad connection
somewhere, or a Klixon thats bad.
Id be looking at both....check all your terminals, and replace the Klixon if
it has one..and most do.
I pulled everything apart near the compressor - checked the overload switch
- and it looks ok. What ever is cutting power - it is doing it to the
control mechanism as there is not even a light on inside the fridge when
the power goes out. If the overload protection was kicking in - it would
just whack the power to the compressor.
Ok...you know how it is with text, and the not being there factor......
Dumb question....did you check the outlet..and I mean, REALLY check the
If its not shot, and the cords not bad....and you had power on another part
of the unit..Im thinking bad connection at some point.
Bad neutral, or something..
The caps only there to give the compressor a kick start..or if its a run
cap, to maintain it running..
Seriously check from the point of entry of the power, meaning, from the
outlet going into the unit, and from where it goes to either the wire nuts
that all the connections meet at, or at the power block where the spade
connectors or such connect..
Total loss of power like that, yet, power on one other part seems more like
a connection issue.
The fridge ran all night without a problem. So it has to be the power cord
or a loose internal connection. I jiggled wires while it was shut off and
it didn't fire up.
Jiggling the power cord did not shut it off - given that the whole unit
looses power - anything jump out that I should look at first ?
Just wondering if what you think is a capacitor really is. The
capacitor if you have one should be just across the motor windings.
I am thinking of some sort of relay that is having trouble picking up.
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