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Kenmore Coldspot Freezer 106.8201630 replacing start relay


Premium Member
Jun 3, 2022
Model Number
Sears Kenmore
More than 10 years
A bit of troubleshooting has determined that the start relay on my 1987 Coldspot has seen better days. I ordered the Supco RO81 to use as replacement.

This model freezer had the start relay plus a separate overload that nests against the compressor. (I tried different sources for original OEM parts to make this easy, but they are no longer made apparently).

So my newbie, techie-challenged question is, what is the correct way to install this Supco part? Will the existing overload still be needed? What wires go to what? Drawings and photos would be great, as I'm a visual learner most days.
This is the replacement for your relay and overload:
Relay and Overload Assembly 819099

Here's the instructions for it: https://s3.amazonaws.com/sm-backend-production-attachments/instructionsheet-819093-reve.pdf

I'm not sure if the RO81 will work on your model:
Relay Overload Comb TJ90RO81

Rick explains about that one in this thread:

Thank you SO much for your reply and those links. I'll see how far I get with this endeavor, lol. Appreciate the help.
Ok sounds good, also here is a video for that RO81


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