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    Default 253.58087894 2 day refrigerator death

    Model Number: 253.58087894
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: More than 10 years

    Day one fridge ran fine. Cleaned entire fridge then took it outside to blow out coils etc. Plugged fridge in and popped GFCI. Unplugged one component at a time until power stayed on. It seemed to be the ice maker. Plugged into non GFCI with ice maker plugged in and it ran but would get little shocks when touching anything metal on machine.
    Day two unplugged the ice maker and ran it from a non GFCI outlet, no shocks. It ran about 5 hours and popped the breaker. I unplugged one thing at a time and it popped until I unplugged the large 2 piece square plug that has 9 individual wirers coming from it but then only the interior lights would work. Also I would get the same result if I plugged in the large square 2 piece plug but had the freezer control in off position. It would pop the breaker if I moved it to the on position. I don't know why it went from running fine to running with the ice maker unplugged to running on a non GFCI plug to not at all. I also changed the thermostat and jumped the safety switch. With my limited knowledge I'm stuck. Any ideas what to do next? Thanks.

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    Check the compressor windings and the relay/overload for a short. Here's how:
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    Thank you Rick, I will try that and get back to you.

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    Sounds good. Keep us posted.
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    Ok I took the readings. On the compressor I got 6.1 between C & S and 3.6 between C & R. On the start device I got 6.1 between R & S and 0 between C and the terminal on the front. What's my next step. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanraven
    I unplugged the large 2 piece square plug that has 9 individual wirers coming from it
    What plug is this? Use an amp meter and monitor the amps when the machine is running.
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    Here's some pictures of the plug by the fan motor, that I'm referring to, and the wires coming from it wrapped around the Freon tube going up the back of the fridge. I'm sure I'm not being clear but at this point if I connect everything back up and attempt to plug the fridge in to a non GFCI outlet it will immediately blow the breaker, so it would be impossible to monitor the machine while it's running. Maybe there's a short in a wire so I will thoroughly inspect each and every wire I can get to. I appreciate all the help you are trying to give me.Click image for larger version. 

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    Oh OK, if it trips the breaker immediately there's a direct short to ground somewhere.
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    Still blows the breaker as soon as it is plugged in. I have disconnected everything but the freezer control, the condenser fan and the compressor. All of those items tested ok and I've looked at all the wiring I could see and it looks brand new. I hate to give up on it since it ran so well. I know there has to be a short somewhere, but what are my options? I had hoped it would start and I could work backwards hooking up one thing at a time. Can't do that if I can't even plug it in. Any last ideas before the dump?

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    Disconnect the wire connector on the compressor start device and see if it still blows the breaker when plugged in. It sounds like a shorted compressor. Did you check from each pin to the compressor body? If the compressor is good, post a copy of your wire diagram here and we'll find the short.
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