Why Won’t My Refrigerator Won’t Turn On?
Worried that all of your groceries are going to go bad because your fridge won’t turn on? Figure out the problem now by reading about what the problem may be.
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Reasons Why Fridge Won’t Turn On
Overlay Or Relay Start Capacitor: The overlay or relay start capacitor acts as a protective device to the compressor circuit in your fridge. Power is then added to the compressor motor windings through the overload device. Then the relay adds the start winding into the circuit until the compressor is running at full speed. If you find that your fans are running or you hear a sound from your fridge, check for signs of overheating in the overhead relay.
The overlay relay can be checked for continuity with a multimeter after the power is cut from the fridge. Some fridges have a start capacitor that may cause the capacitor to not start if it is malfunctioning. The start capacitor provides voltage to the compressor windings. If all of the parts are working and you find no signs of overheating or arcing, the compressor could be broken which should be fixed by a qualified technician.
Cooling and Temperature Control: Power is supplied through the compressor and fans through the cold control and temperature control. If neither the fridge or fans are running, you may have a faulty cold control. A temperature adjustment knob is attached to the temperature control and can be found somewhere in the fresh food panel. You can check for continuity in the control with a multimeter. After removing power, attach the terminal leads to the multimeter. As you make the fridge colder through the control knob, there should be continuity in the terminals. Otherwise, the control is defective and should be replaced.
Electronic Control Board: Newer fridges are monitored by an electronic control board that controls fans, defrost systems and compressors. The electronic control board could be faulty if your fridge isn’t starting. Be sure that other parts are working properly and that there is no power being sent to the control board before inspecting it. If there are signs of damage or burns, it should be replaced by a technician.