Late 1930’s Hotpoint refrigerator Compressor replacement

Dbernier1974

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Maine
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CE-2-B16
I have a late 30’s Hotpoint refrigerator. I’ve changed all the wiring, and I’ve changed the relay to a 3n1 cold start relay. The compressor will not come on. I’ve gone as far as to simply wire the relay to the compressor directly and the compressor gets hot but will not start. Can it be replaced? The fridge has been in my family for years, I’d like to keep it going. Thanks
 

rickgburton

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Can it be replaced?
Anything can be replaced. It's most likely an R-12 system so it will need to be converter to an R-134a (unless you know someone with R-12). The biggest problem you'll have is trying to find someone to do the work. The next problem is cost. It varies from area to area but I can ballpark it at about $1000 on the high end and about $750 on the low end.
 

Dbernier1974

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I’ve checked resistance on my compressor, between common and run I get 4.4, between common and start it simply displays 1, no change at all. I’m using an RCO41 3 n 1 relay. When I try to plug it in to the outlet, I get a little spark. Indication of a bad compressor?
 
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