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    Default Rewire of 1950s Coldspot

    Model Number: 106.6653300
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: More than 10 years

    Hi Rick,

    We have a 1950’s Sears/Kenmore Coldspot 14 refrigerator that we moved from one house to another. It was laid down on its back during the move, unfortunately. We left it off overnight and plugged it in 12-16 hours later. It started up and cooled down, ran for 2 days and quit. When I removed the cover off of the compressor wire box I could see the wiring was pretty brittle. I’d like to try to rewire it and see if I can get it going. What do you think? It has an old style overload and start relay. See attached pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lceasley
    It was laid down on its back during the move......We left it off overnight and plugged it in 12-16 hours later
    Anything over 10-15 minutes laying down needs 24 hours minimum standing upright before you plug it in. The compressor oil runs into the condensor and suction line when it's laid down. When it's plugged in the compressor pumps the oil through the lines and you have trouble with restrictions. On older machines like yours the problem is twofold because of the brittle wires inside the compressor. They break when you lay it down and it can damage the compressor because it's no longer resting on the balance springs inside the compressor:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lceasley
    I’d like to try to rewire it and see if I can get it going
    No you don't. First, if you try to rewire it you'll open a can of worms best left unopened. Second, rewiring it won't make it work if that's not the problem. If the compressor is not running start by checking for 120 VAC at the compressor. If the voltage is correct then check the overload for continuity and check the relay for 3-23 ohms If the relay and overload check good measure the compressor windings:
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