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The unit has been giving us trouble. It doesn't cool. Replaced the overload relay in May, December and again today.

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Old 01-22-2013, 06:28 PM
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The unit has been giving us trouble. It doesn't cool. Replaced the overload relay in May, December and again today. Noticed the compressor runs hot to the touch and wondering if this is abnormal or normal? To have to replace the overload relay 3 times in 8 months seems very unusual to me....Parts Supplier said it was a defective device and replaced the december unit under warranty. p/n is 67005560 Overload

Wonder if something else may going on that I'm not aware of????


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If the condensing fan next to the compressor is running, the compressor vibrating, but the condenser coils cool, you probably have sealed system problems.
If compressor not vibrating, you may have a blown start winding in the compressor or you wired it wrong.
If the new start device looks like the part 12555902, then you probably did not wire it wrong.
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If the condensing fan next to the compressor is running, the compressor vibrating, but the condenser coils cool, you probably have sealed system problems.
If compressor not vibrating, you may have a blown start winding in the compressor or you wired it wrong.
If the new start device looks like the part 12555902, then you probably did not wire it wrong.
Condenser fan running, compressor runs intermittently, the part number I provided is what a service person installed back in May and is similar, but not the same as, part 12555902. This 67005560 is genuine Whirlpool part according to the packaging and has a code number 122611.

It is not clear to me why the compressor runs intermittently. And when it doesn't the overload relay clicks.
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Your compressor's temperature is exceedint the trip point of the overload in the start device and clicking open. If the compressor is not vibrating, try a new start device. If you have a meter, you can verify if it is bad.
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Your compressor's temperature is exceedint the trip point of the overload in the start device and clicking open. If the compressor is not vibrating, try a new start device. If you have a meter, you can verify if it is bad.
My trusty ohm meter gave me readings of 3 and 5 ohms on the winding pins. Single pin on Top being common I hope. So I unplugged everything and let the compressor cool overnight and restarted it today. Cold it started working just fine...only to stop completely 15 minutes later. Even the condensing fan stopped operating...the light inside is still on. How can I determine if the temperature sensor is working correctly? I am wondering if the overload relay is similar but not correct enough and I should go back the the p/n you provided...would this matter?
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The fact it started proves your compressor start device works, but it also indicates your compressor is bad, overheating.
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