Thread Number: 76013  /  Tag: Refrigerators
Is there hope for my 1939 Frigidaire refrigerator?
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Post# 998601   6/27/2018 at 17:50 by yram52 (Maine)        

So I bought this fridge that was still working. It's only 6.5 cubic feet but the cabinet is very art deco and in excellent like-new condition. I replaced the door gasket and had new shelves made up. The electrician said he couldn't install a new plug because all the wiring insulation was falling off. Got all the wiring replaced, plus new relay, plus new thermostat. I was so happy because it was cooling beautifully.

One day I turn the thermostat off while the compressor was running, and immediately tried to turn it back on, but the compressor didn't come back on. I left the refrigerator off and re-tried the next day. It would run a few seconds and shut off. Next day the same. On the third day it would run for a while and when I went back it had cooled a few degrees and shut off. That's where we are: the top of the freezer gets cold but the walls don't seem to cool much (it's a "Cold Wall").

I am so heart broken. No appliance repairman will go near it, and the person helping so far is a licensed solar installer and electrician and I'm not sure refrigeration systems are his area.

Do I have a solution here? Or do I buy a new compressor and condenser and install that -- and if so, what item would I buy?

The fridge has 14 ounces of R-114 in the system. When it shuts off prematurely, I hear gurgling, but not always.

I am determined to get this fridge working. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks to one of this forum's members for sending me a PDF of the service manual. I appreciate any advice. Yes I'm a girl but I'm pretty mechanical!

Post# 998610 , Reply# 1   6/27/2018 at 19:19 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Maybe it's just a relay or some other component related to the compressor operation.


It's not uncommon for a fridge to fail to kick in immediately if there's a brief power interruption while the compressor is running.  I have a freezer that takes two or three attempts to start if the pressure hasn't had time to equalize or whatever.


It sounds like the compressor was doing the job fine, so you might get lucky with having something much easier to replace ending up as the culprit.

Post# 998631 , Reply# 2   6/27/2018 at 23:54 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Ill bet

That Delco hot wire starting relay is bad.

Post# 998654 , Reply# 3   6/28/2018 at 04:47 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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What was the thought behind shutting it off, and immediately trying to restart?

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