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How do I discharge the compressor capacitor
To discharge a capacitor, get a long screwdriver with a heavily insulated handle, wood or rubber handle is best. Hold it by the INSULATED handle only and do not touch any metal parts of the unit with your other hand, or any other part of your body. Then place the screwdriver across both contacts of the capacitor to short them together,.hold it there for a few seconds, then repeat the procedure to make sure its totally discharge. Be careful and work slowly to minimize any chance of making a mistake. Some caps car carry quite a charge more than 4000 Volts in the case of microwave ovens!
on Aug 21, 2014
FRIDGE AND FREEZER DO NOT COOL. FAN AND COMPRESSOR
1. is light on in side when you open the door. If not check breakers or fuses.
2. Can you hear the compressor running. If not do you hear any clicking sounds.
3. If you hear clicking sounds, try putting a fan on compressor and unplug refrigerator.
4. Wait one hour.
5. plug back in. If compressor starts let it run and see if it cools, if it doesnt, call service man.
6. If it goes back to clicking, call a service man.
also are the coils clean?
on Feb 26, 2011
How do I replace the defrost heater on a Maytag
1) Unplug the refrigerator. 2) Empty the contents of the freezer. 3) Loosen / remove as required mounting screws securing the ice maker. 4) Unplug the ice maker's wiring harness from the back of the freezer. 5) Remove the screws along the edge of the freezer compartment back plate. 6) Remove the back plate.
You should now see an ice or frost clogged coil and fin assembly, a heater clipped to the fins and a sensor attached to a portion of the aluminum cooling tube (these last two items will be visible only after defrosting). The last item - the "sensor" is really called a "defrost terminator". It is a thermally operated device - much like a thermostat. It is open or off at around 50 degrees and higher and closed or on below about 50 degrees. Defrost as needed, but do not do it by chipping away at the ice! Damage to the coil will be very costly to repair - better to use a blow dryer to quicken the process rather than tools and sharp objects for chipping.
Disconnect and remove the heater. Check the heater with an ohm meter to be sure it is faulty. Expect about 25 ohms resistance. If it is much more above this value it is suspect and should be replaced. The heater typically is not a high failure item, but they do fail. The defrost terminator or defrost timer assembly is more likely to the culprit.
Tools needed: small sockets or nut drivers, common straight & phillips screw drivers, maybe wire cutter / crimper, maybe an insulated **** splice for the size wire to be cut or other suitable wire connector.
I hope this helps & good luck!
on Jun 18, 2010
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