How to replace a Whirlpool/Kenmore/KitchenAid refrigerator start relay.
The example shown here is done on a side-by-side whirlpool refrigerator.
Many of the start relays
are the same on other makes and models even though they may look a little different.
My refrigerator is to warm and I can hear a clicking noise.
My refrigerator is not cooling at all but it sounds like it is running.
Often times the customer will hear just the fans running and think the refrigerator is running, but
the compressor is not running because the start relay it bad and needs to be replaced.
To replace the start relay you will need to unplug the refrigerator at the outlet.
Pull the refrigerator away from the wall so you can remove the lower back cover.
Unplug your refrigerator first!
Once you have the back cover removed you will be able to see the compressor.
The start relay will be located on the side of the compressor. The start relay shown on this side by side whirlpool refrigerator is white and has a white and red wire going to it.
Remove the old start relay by pulling it off by hand. If it does not pull of by hand easily you may have to put the tip of a flat blade screw driver between the start relay and the body of the compressor to help pry it off. Most of the time you can remove them without any force.
Shake the relay, if it rattles, then its definitely bad.
Here is the part to order(comes with instructions):