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WRF995FIFZ - Compressor won't start - now clicking from main board

darkprime

Premium Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2018
Messages
23
Location
Woodbridge, VA
Model Number
WRF995FIFZ00
Brand
Whirlpool
Age
6-10 years
Several weeks ago my WRF995FIFZ00 unit stopped working (turns out the compressor wasn't running), and I was forced to buy a new refrigerator (I'm done with Whirlpool - every one of my whirlpool appliances has had significant problems within a few years). I'm trying to get this back up and running to sell. Anyways, this unit has a variable speed compressor. After troubleshooting, I thought the problem was the inverter board that sits right next to the compressor. I found one on ebay for about $100, plugged it in (but didn't fully install it), and the unit fired right up. It was running great in the garage for about a week when I got around to properly reinstalling the board. It was running for several hours after that but then the compressor stopped running again. Now whenever I try to start the unit, the compressor makes noise like it's trying to start, and then I hear a load click from a relay on the main board every couple seconds. After the initial attempt of the compressor to start, it won't try again until unplug/plug it back in.

I see 4 capacitors on the inverter board, and all physically look good on both the old board and the new (used) board. Does anyone have any experience with these variable speed compressors and anything else I can check? If it is a matter of replacing a capacitor, I'm comfortable doing the soldering work, but I don't know if they are bad or not. If it's more trouble than it's worth, I'm see if someone will haul this away from me and cut my loses.
 

Jake

Appliance Tech - Admin
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Joined
Aug 24, 2004
Messages
134,162
Location
Redmond, Oregon
Here's the main control board(GF2) on the exterior back wall for your model:

Here's the compressor inverter board(Orion) down in the compressor area for your model:

Start Reading at page 12 here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CoV60oVpUHBwO1B71aqaCxoXRibH8ska/view?usp=sharing

You will need to check voltages.

The Orion Board supplies 115 VAC power to the following
loads:
Linear Compressor
FC Door Switch

Then Page 33--->Test Compressor Resistances

Jake
 
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