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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2011, 05:54:44 PM »
I cleaned the coils on two of them.  I know the other two are really dirty so I need to clean those out pretty good.  Be nice if that was the issue

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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #31 on: August 07, 2011, 06:00:25 PM »
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I know the other two are really dirty so I need to clean those out pretty good.  Be nice if that was the issue

It should really be one of the first things you look for when everything seems to be running, but it's not cooling good.

Besides if the coils are dirty, you clean them and still have problems with the refrigerator cooling, the coils needed to be cleaned anyways.

If you clean the coils and that is all it takes to get it running like a champ, it's easy money!   O0

I don't know about the rest of the guys here, but I really don't see many problems with leaks in refrigerators.

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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #32 on: August 07, 2011, 06:45:23 PM »
What is the amp draw on the compressors?
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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #33 on: August 07, 2011, 07:18:53 PM »
What is the amp draw on the compressors?

okay, JW gave me an ammeter I am thinking now is a good time to test it.  any way I can get a rundown on how to test that?  I assume I would need to take the start really off the side of the compressor and test those prongs?  am I on the right track?

AJ, good info on not having to many leaks.  that'd be great if it were just the coils, the trick is getting good at cleaning them.

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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #34 on: August 07, 2011, 07:36:43 PM »
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I assume I would need to take the start really off the side of the compressor and test those prongs?  am I on the right track?

Nope... :)

The nice thing about a clamp on amp meter is all you have to do is clamp the jaws of the meter around the wire you want to measure the amps on.

Plug the refrigerator in and when the compressor is running turn your amp meter on and clamp it around the black wire that goes to the start relay.

Here is a video that shows a clamp amp meter being used.

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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #35 on: August 07, 2011, 07:46:05 PM »
Here is another video I came across:






In the video the guy uses a fancy line separator but I use a lamp cord that I have separated the wires on so that I can capture a reading on one side of the line.

Since you are working on an ice box set your ammeter for 0 to 6 amps. The ice box ain't gonna read over 6 amps or the compressor is shot.  :rofl: Make sure the the sliding switch is not in the locked position and zero out the needle for best results.
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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #36 on: August 08, 2011, 03:13:34 PM »
So I clicked the ammeter around the black cord that goes into the start relay and didn't get any reading.  The compresser is on so it seems like I should have got some kind of reading??

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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #37 on: August 08, 2011, 03:57:45 PM »
Try a different wire. You may be on on of the capacitor wires.
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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #38 on: August 08, 2011, 05:52:28 PM »
One wire at a time.
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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #39 on: August 09, 2011, 01:09:50 PM »
on my working refrigerators I am getting around 1.5 amps.  On my refrigerators that aren't cooling so well I can't get a reading, this has to mean the compressor isn't kicking in or keeps turning on and off so then it's a guessing game.  Must be the cold control!  would I be crazy to use a paper click to jump the cold control?  just wrap electrical tape around it?

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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #40 on: August 09, 2011, 02:02:43 PM »
Make a nicer jumper than a paper clip get a nice thick wire and 2 spade clips.
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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #41 on: August 09, 2011, 03:16:10 PM »
Use the wire leads on the meter and test for voltage at the start relay.
Are the condenser fans running?
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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #42 on: August 09, 2011, 04:06:47 PM »
condenser fan is running, it doesn't turn on right away, but, it turns after after about a minute when I initially turn the fridge on.  The compressor is getting really hot, but, the evap coils show no sign of getting cold. 

I jumped the cold control so I don't know if that has anything to do with the fact the evap coils aren't cooling?

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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #43 on: August 09, 2011, 04:44:57 PM »
If the fan and compressor is running the cold control is sending power.
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Re: Hole patch?
« Reply #44 on: August 09, 2011, 05:46:51 PM »
Everything seems to be running well, but the evaporate coils aren't getting cold,  anything else should check?  I checked the compressor, start relay, cold control, I guess I might need to get those gauges and tap the lines?

 

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