Gheorghe Apetroaie: know we live in a throw-away society but I cannot bring myself to dump my fridge.
I have had this Hotpoint FFA47X since late 2004. It has never defrosted correctly from Day One and interesting I found a service manual online for a FFA45W on the website called Elektro Tanya.
The service manual doesn't show you how to strip the thing down only part numbers. I would have thought a service manual would show you how to service an item and test things. Apparently not it seems!
The service manual seems to almost admit that there was a design fault from the outset. I have previously challenged Hotpoint about this when I had to call engineers out in the past.
I came across a thread on another forum of how to test the freezer probe. However, all the connections seem to be hidden behind inaccessible panels.
Not wishing to jump the gun perhaps I should explain what the issue is that I am having.
The fridge has started beeping constantly and the front display is no longer illuminated or showing any readings.
I had noticed previously that two wires in the cable which goes to the front display have broken (pink and grey in colour), I have soldered these temporarily. The front display is now flashing slowly but not in sync with the beeps.
I have noticed since defrosting that a wire on the evaporator (not sure this is the correct term - the freezer pipes) within the freezer looks as though it has got burnt at some point. It still heats up.
The fan in the freezer is no longer turning either.
The question is where and how do I start to diagnose what's wrong?
The motherboards are both Magnatek. I have stripped them out and looked at the circuit boards. Nothing seems to be burnt out.
Perhaps there is a factory reset procedure I could go through to stop the display flashing and beeping?
When I open the fridge door, the compressor kicks in and then switches off within a second or two.
The fan in the freezer section is now working again whereas it wasn't when the issue started a week ago.
Also, the display was flashing but not in sync with the 1 second beeps. This has now stopped flashing and simply appears dead.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Karen: Hello, I have a Maytag MSD2422GRW refrigerator. Relay # 4SP04D419LF. I can't seem to find that part online. Is it under another part number. Frig a 2003
Patty Garcia: ordered the start relay and capacitor and installed in less than 5 minutes. Cleaned the fan and coils and refrigerator works again!
mczombie: Thanks for taking the time to up this video. It was everything I needed to replace the relay. Your model was different, but everything was in the same place. It's unfortunate they charge so much for some molded plastic. I had to pay $72 after tax, but that beats replacing the fridge. I was able to do the entire job in 20 minutes (10min for removal and 10 for installation and cleanup). ANYONE can do this and save a ton of money.
dablet00: while im waiting for the start relay replacement to arrive, is it ok to leave the fridge on with that clicking sound?
Mike Marshall: Glad to see your wearing your safety sandals.
gus cabal: how can you tell if the compressor its working, besides it blowing cold air, do you hear a humming sound would the compressor get a little warm? I have a whirlpool also but is one of the small ones I replace the T-stat on it, it had the wrong T-stat before with higher temp range so the compressor was cooling while the t-stat was heating up the coil, now that the t-stat is replaced the refrigerator is not cooling any ideas???
Manish Tripathi: WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR RELAY FOR WHIRLPOOL REFRIGRATOR 230 LTR
kidd Cyr: its a defrost problem you;l find many ways to fix your refrigerator on you tube for a defrost problem
Kids in Trouble Help Page: I do appliance repair in Israel, Probably about 90% of the Women customers say "OMG look how dirty it is behind the fridge, can I clean it" Maybe 10-20% of the men say that :)
coldchester1: My Whirlpool parts kit came with TWO start up relays. One with an orange dot, the other with a black dot. What are the differences between the two?
Trajiq187: hey thanks for the vid i will give it a try tomorrow! My refigerator stopped working yesterdey after we missed electricity. The freezer is still working though, only the refrigerator is not cooling. That said, is it possible that its the start relay which is bad? I mean, is it possible that i bad start relay only affect the regrigerator and not the freezer? Please advice, thanks!
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RJC6490: ... really two minutes to move the refrigerator ... such a simple thing, like how are the wires attached to that 'starter relay' ... it's free ...
greatgambino: thank you so much for this video! you saved me from throwing out a 6 year old refrigerator that was hardly used. I know when u made this video you may have doubted how much value it would be, but to those of us in need of help in these difficult financial times, your video was a life saver!
Joseph Maya: @Mujahid1 I went a parts supplier and bought a start relay, replaced it and now my refrigerator is running a champ! Thank you very much!!! I thought I was going to have to buy a new one. I love DIY videos! :)
Joseph Maya: I just pulled off my start relay on my Whirlpool Refrigerator. It sounds just like the one in the video and stuff if falling out of it. It even smell burnt up. The parts stores are closed, so I'll track one of these relays down tomorrow.
momof3RN: Thanks a bunch for posting this video. You guys saved me the $85 service fee our local appliance repair company wanted just to LOOK at our fridge.
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