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Offline sapp4l

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fan is working
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2008, 07:52:33 PM »
Yes, the condenser fan is running....

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Re: Yes, another icemaker repair question
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2008, 08:01:16 PM »
Did not see that RepairClinic did not have it in stock, sorry about that.

Here you go then...

WHIRLPOOL 8201786 Compressor Starting Device Kit, AP3885081




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Offline sapp4l

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One last question ... tonight...
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2008, 08:48:07 PM »
Ok, probably is the starting relay. The compressor contacts were not shorted to ground, and had 5-11ohms between them, depending on which pin.

One last question: could it be the starting cap? How does one check this (I don't have a capacitance check on my  meter)...

Thanks for all the help; much easier digging in when I know what I'm looking for.


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Re: Yes, another icemaker repair question
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2008, 09:00:13 PM »
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One last question: could it be the starting cap?

Not likely the problem.

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How does one check this (I don't have a capacitance check on my  meter)


I check them with my Fluke, but it has a setting on it to check caps.

You maybe able to take your ohm meter and ohm it one why and then the other.
Should see it charge and then discharge.

I have never seen a bad cap on a refrigerator.

btw: that was two questions.  ;)


Offline sapp4l

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Toast... and ice once more
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2008, 06:00:07 AM »
OK... The relay did the trick. The old one was toast.. see pic. BTW: how does this thing work, as it is not a relay that I am familiar with. There seemed to be a disk inside that was burned up and cracked.. is this some sort of bimetalic element that makes or breaks contact?

Thanks for all the help.. you guys were dead on.



Now don't get too smug...


The unit started last night, and is holding temp at the right levels (I've got a thermometer that verifies this.) So are so good.

I reinstalled the icemaker, and it seemed to be pumping out ice last night. However, this AM the ice bin is only partially full. Looks like the icemaker did about 4 or 5 cycles and then stopped. The ice tray is dry. I'd suspect the water valve, but I just replaced this a couple of months ago (another appliancejunk guided tour).

Any ideas?   (just one question this time....)

Thanks.


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Re: Yes, another icemaker repair question
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2008, 07:39:55 AM »
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how does this thing work, as it is not a relay that I am familiar with. There seemed to be a disk inside that was burned up and cracked.. is this some sort of bimetalic element that makes or breaks contact?

See the attachment, once the compressor starts running and the amps drop the relay cuts out the start winding.
You not only have the start relay in the part you photographed, but also the overload.


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I reinstalled the icemaker, and it seemed to be pumping out ice last night. However, this AM the ice bin is only partially full. Looks like the icemaker did about 4 or 5 cycles and then stopped. The ice tray is dry. I'd suspect the water valve, but I just replaced this a couple of months ago (another appliancejunk guided tour).

Any ideas?

I would guess it's not getting water for some reason. Either bad valve or the fill tube is frozen up.
Funny thing, AJ just blogged about ice maker repair today.

http://www.appliancejunk.com/blog/

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(just one question this time....)

Thats ok, the more questions the better. :)




 

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