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HVDR1040B Fridge not cooling, compressor starts every 2 minutes, start relay does not rattle.

Charlie409

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Location
New York
Model Number
HVDR1040B
Brand
Magic Chef
Age
1-5 years
Hello Everyone: Our refrigerator/freezer will not cool. The compressor tries to kick on every 2.5 minutes, but fails. The unit was purchased at Home Depot 3 years ago. The brand is Vissani, (which I think is owned by Magic Chef) in case that matters.

After reading several threads here, I removed the start relay, but was disappointed not to hear a rattle of any kind. Does that mean that the compressor has died?

I tried to remove the rear panel to see if the coils needed cleaning, etc., but it appears to be permanently glued shut. Is there anything else I can test, or am I the owner of a very large paperweight?

THanks!
 

Jake

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Hi Charlie,

If the compressor start relay doesn't rattle, then you use a multimeter to ohm test it for continuity, normal would be 0-12 ohms.

Put your meter probes in the 2 parallel holes on it and it should read 0-12 ohms.

If its good, then your compressor is shot.

Jake
 

Charlie409

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New York
Hi Jake,

I appreciate your suggestion. I'll buy a multimeter, perform the suggested test, and go from there.

THanks!
 

Jake

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Ok Charlie, sounds good.:)

Keep us posted.

Jake
 
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