Refrigerator not cooling
I have an admiral side by side refrigerator Model ASD2514ARW. It stopped cooling last night and was making clicking noises by the start relay. Today it is no longer making clicking noises and the fan next to the compressor has stopped running as well. What is causing this? Is it just the start relay it rattles when you shake it? I don't want to spend the money for the start relay if the compressor has gone bad. Why did the clicking stop and the fan stop running. The refrigerator still has power.. The light comes on when you open the door. Please help.Answer
Here is the Replacement parts in ADMIRAL ASD2514ARW Ref - SXS/I&W
Your start relay is bad for sure however the compressor could have caused the relay to go bad. The only problem is that there is no good way to tell if the compressor was the cause for the bad relay. The best way to tell is to replace the relay. I understand what you are saying, it would be bad to spend money on the relay then it turns out to be the compressor but there is just no definitive way to tell.
If you have a meter about the only thing you can do is to make sure the compressor winding are not grounded out. Check to see if there is any continuity from any of the three terminals on the compressor to ground and if so the compressor is bad. Even if the windings are not grounded out the compressor can still cause the relay problem. Be sure to unplug the refrigerator and the wires off the compressor before attempting to make this test.
I will say that 95% of the time (or more) it is just the relay.
The reason the fan wasn’t running is because the compressor was off on the overload which cuts the fan off as well. The fan should have been coming on every so often when the compressor cooled enough for the overload to kick the compressor back on. If that wasn’t happening the overload may be bad as well.
Overloads give very little trouble but when they are cutting on and off like they do when the relay is bad sometimes they will go bad as well.