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Offline kirian

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Relay switch installation
« on: April 02, 2015, 05:09:13 PM »
I have a Whirlpool model #ET21GKXHW00 that had the relay switch go bad (neither fridge nor freezer was cooling, fan was working, compressor was warm, unit clicked every couple of minutes, relay rattled when I removed it... this is how I diagnosed the problem).  I just received the new relay switch and overload today (part #4387913).  I snapped the overload on with little effort, but it seems like I can't get the relay switch itself pushed in all the way.  Is this normal?  The old switch was on very tight and I had to use a screwdriver to pry it off, so I'm thinking is might be normal to have to apply a bit of pressure to get the switch on all the way, but I want to be sure before I force it.  Now granted, I am a 41yr old female, so I'm no bodybuilder, but I'm not a weakling either 8) .  I just want some advice on how to make sure this switch is on as far as it will go (right now, there is a couple millimeter gap between the back of the terminal where they protrude below the overload and the front of the relay switch.. not sure if this is ok/normal or not... I don't want to plug it back in and burn my house down or anything).  Any help would be appreciated... thanks!

Melissa

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Re: Relay switch installation
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2015, 05:36:08 PM »
Take a photo? Force it

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Re: Relay switch installation
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2015, 06:04:56 PM »
Thanks for the quick reply.  Here are a couple of pictures of it in it's "current" state (the file marked relay2 is my attempt at showing a closeup of how far I have been able to get the plug in)

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Re: Relay switch installation
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2015, 06:17:44 PM »
force it

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Re: Relay switch installation
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2015, 06:40:32 PM »
I got it (finally).  One of the prongs was slightly askew.  Once I corrected that, I was able (with just a little force) to get the plug flush.  Thanks again for your quick replies and for giving me the confidence to use a bit of pressure (even after I fixed the wacky prong)

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Re: Relay switch installation
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2015, 07:02:06 PM »
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