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GE GFSS6PKBASS Refrigerator Compressor Starts and Stops Within Seconds

dtrdng86

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GFSS6PKBASS
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Hi,
I have a GE GFSS6PKBASS Refrigerator which has stopped cooling. I can hear the compressor start up and run for a few seconds and then stop. It sits for several minutes and then repeats. I found a thread with a similar problem where the PTC relay ended up being the fix. I have checked the ohms between the two pins of the relay and have between 1300-1400 ohms of resistance. I also opened the relay up, checked the disk and tested resistance inside. By what I have read this does not seem to be correct but I cannot find specifics for this relay. If it helps, the manufacturer part number is WR07X10112 and the markings on the relay itself are PTHTM 100MD 3m22. I included some pictures so you can see what I am working with. Any help is much appreciated!

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Jake

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You have your meter ohm setting too high at 2000, set it at 200 and post the results.

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dtrdng86

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You have your meter ohm setting too high at 2000, set it at 200 and post the results.

Jake
With the exception of the 12 ohm reading, which reads 11.5 on the 200 setting, the other readings are too high and exceed the limit of that setting. There is no decimal on the 2000 setting, they are reading 1376 ohms and 1294 ohms. I can’t promise that my multimeter is 100% accurate because it is cheap and nothing fancy, but it does read very near zero ohms when touching the meter contacts together.
 

Jake

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Ok, then yes it seems a bit high, normal would be about 5 to 6 ohms.

Now ohm test your white overload part, make sure your meter has fresh batteries in it.

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dtrdng86

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I put a new battery in the meter and rechecked all of the other circuits and got relatively the same results. The overload showed 0.3 ohm.

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Jake

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Where did you buy this refrigerator from? Did you buy it new or used?

This model is closer to 10 years old not 5 years old. Whats the serial number? then I can give you the exact year of this refrigerator.

Your meter seems to be reading high, so I'll bet that start relay is good, and your compressor is bad. That's usually a sign of a bad compressor anyways when it runs for a few seconds and shuts off.

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dtrdng86

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I meant to click 6-10 years old rather than 1-5, but honestly either way I was guessing. I picked it up used from a coworker who was moving close to 2 years ago and have no idea the actual age. The serial number is FZ900075.

I was really hoping I would get by with something as simple as a relay and it not be as complex as the compressor. For what it is worth, and I couldn’t find a wiring diagram so I’m not sure what pin is what, I checked the resistance of the compressor. I’m assuming the top pin is common because that is where the overload was, but not sure which is start and run. Common to bottom left pin (looking at the compressor) read 5.8 ohms. Common to bottom right pin read 2.0 ohms. Bottom left to bottom right read 4.5 ohms.
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Jake

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Ok, thanks, your refrigerator was made in March 2012, so it will be 8 years in March.

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