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Why is my compressor not running

Why is the compressor not running

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There are multiple reasons this could be happening. Since you haven't posted the model number, I'll just list a fair few. The compressor could have a broken winding internally. To test, unplug the fridge, disconnect the wires to the compressor, and do reading across the windings. Go from start to common, make a note. Then check from run to common. Make a note. Then from start to run. S to C and R to C should add up to equal in the area of the ohm reading of R to S. It won't be exact but it'll be in the ball park. If any of them read OL then it is toast. Could also be start components. Is the starter relay engaging? Is the capacitor good? Are you even getting power to the compressor/starting components? If not, then look above. Could be a control board depending on the unit, or a tstat. Or it is stuck in defrost. Move the thermostat setting up and down. Go lower than you normally set it. I have seen thermostats drift. Did it kick on? When you reply please post the model number so we can see what it actually has, please. The more info the better. Without it we can throw suggestions all day without even knowing if it has all the components we mention.

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Hi @brandon_k




This is the model number Whirlpool WRF 989SDAM03


@Nesley Lubin

power to the compressor motor is through the inverter box which is controlled by the control board.

Is there power available to the refrigerator i.e. are the lights on when a door is opened?

You may have to check if there is voltage being applied to the compressor motor.

Here's a link to the tech sheet for the refrigerator that may help as it has the wiring diagram.

What happens if you disconnect the power from the refrigerator for about 20 minutes and then reconnect it, does the compressor start?


@jayeff lol edit complete. Read right past it without realizing i did that. Tiny phone keyboards...


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nesley lubin sarà eternamente grato.
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