Thread Number: 71885  /  Tag: Refrigerators
1960 Frigidaire Deluxe fridge
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Post# 950926   7/31/2017 at 14:24 by Mikerosson (El Paso Texas)        

Hey everyone!
I'm new to the appliance forums and I'm looking for info on a vintage Fridigaire Deluxe refrigerator.
We inherited this beautiful fridge. The wife's not happy with it but I'd like to get it working and actually use it. Once I plug it in it turns on for a couple of seconds and then shuts off. I'm pretty ignorant to the workings of a fridge but I'm mechanically inclined and hopefully with some help I can get this thing going.
So, can anyone tell me what my next step should be?
I'm assuming it the compressor.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

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Post# 950928 , Reply# 1   7/31/2017 at 14:28 by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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Most likely the start relay for the compressor isn't working. It tries for a few seconds but since the start winding isn't being energized it just sits with a locked rotor until the bimetal protection device trips. It will try again in a few minutes when the bimetal cools and resets.

The compressor could be shot too, but the start relay is probably more likely and way cheaper/easier to fix!

Post# 950995 , Reply# 2   7/31/2017 at 23:10 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Agreed that it sounds like a relay problem.  You can get a universal replacement for cheap if you have three leads between the existing relay and the compressor.

Post# 951000 , Reply# 3   8/1/2017 at 00:15 by mikerosson (El Paso Texas)        

Thanks for the info.
Do you have a good source for these parts?

Post# 951003 , Reply# 4   8/1/2017 at 00:58 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Something like this is what you may need.  Your fridge's compressor likely falls into the 1/4 to 1/3 HP range.




Post# 951480 , Reply# 5   8/3/2017 at 20:13 by Mikerosson (El Paso Texas)        
Thanks guys

Thanks guys!!!
I really appreciate the help.
Just ordered the relay, can't wait to get it installed.

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