Sears Refrigerator. Model number 363.58892891 almost 16 years old
The light in freezer went out. Light in refrigerator was still on. I checked the freezer light bulb and it was O.K. Replaced the bulb and it did not come on immediately but did turn on after about 60 seconds. I don't see how the intermittent freezer light is part of the problem....I just mention it just in case.
After fiddling with the freezer light bulb, I noticed the refrigerator was no longer running. We unplugged the unit for an hour. Plugged it back in and still not working. All lights still have power. Ice dispenser has power. Ice dispenser light has blown. Wife says refrigerator has been running hot for 2-3 days. Normally heat is dispersed from the right rear of the refrigerator. Wife says she could feel some heat from the left side for the past 2-3 days. However, I've been having trouble with the freezer door seal and compressor may have been running longer than normal. (Small leak at top of door causing small ice build-up along seam. I need to address this problem in a different post.)
Pulled the following units off of the three (3) prongs of the compressor:
Protector (on the black wire [common] )
Overload (says Sears) or Start Relay (says Appliance Part Pros) (white wire on one side -- two (2) orange wires on other side) WR07X10098
doesn't look like any relay I've ever seen. Since only two (2) terminals are used, how can this be a relay?
1. Both parts look good: WR8X172
Protector is not blown (0 ohms) WR07X10098
"Relay" reads 11 to 27 ohms (meter jumps around)
2. Compress terminal pairs read low ohms ( 2 - 7 - 9 ohms)
3. Checked for ground on all compressor terminals ( no grounds )
4. No AC voltage detected on "relay" wires <--- BIG CLUE HERE
So what do I check next? And where can I find a wiring diagram for this refrigerator?
Thank you for your assistance.