Kenmore upright freezer plastic relay cover removal


Kenmore upright freezer plastic relay cover removal

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I have a Kenmore upright freezer model # 253.9284013 with an Embraco 55HNR compressor.  What is the trick to removing the plastic relay cover without doing any damage to the cover?  There are some embossed instructions on the cover that are hard to read & understand.  I do not want to apply excessive force on any area without being assured of the proper procedure.  There is a rectangular slot at the top of the cover where it looks like you would insert a flat head screwdriver.  But do you pry down or up on the screwdriver?  Are you also required to squeeze the sides of the cover at the same time you pry on the screwdriver?  Your advice on the proper procedure would be greatly appreciated!

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I believe you pry downward and should be able to pull the cover off.. there are different processes but keep in mind, this is just a plastic cover so a little force may be necessary to remove the cover. There are some videos on youtube if the cover doesnt seem to want to come off after trying the downward motion.

 



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I was successful in removing the cover.  Had to pry down pretty hard to slip it off---not a very good engineering design.  After getting it off, I was able to easily remove the relay and overload.  Question:  Since nothing happened when I turned the freezer on (no sound at all), I suspected the relay to be bad?  When I shake the relay, it rattles distincly.  Is this a true tell tale sign that the relay is bad and a new one will solve my problem?  Also, I was a bit surprised at how expensive these little things are---around $66.00.  I was expecting them to be a third of this price?  Do you know of a more reasonable source?

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Glad you were able to remove the cover...
A couple of things.. 
first, you should make sure the temp control is working, if that part has failed, the compressor will not come on. A quick way to test this theory is unplug the freezer, if it has a 2 wire temp control you can connect the 2 wires going to the control together with a piece of black tape, plug the freezer back in and see if it comes on.. if not, then it does sound like a compressor, start or relay issue.
There is a good chance the compressor has failed so if you invest $66 and it does not solve your issue you likely will not be able to return the relay.. you could go a cheaper route and purchase a universal starter/relay kit like this one at Appliance Zone  https://www.appliancezone.com/rco410-refrigerator-supco-compressor-3-in-1-start-kit/  i used those for years, saved customers hundreds of dollars and  for something under$20 you will at least know for sure if the compressor has failed or not and at least save about $45 in doing so






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You the man!!  I followed your suggestion to hard wire the two power lines going to the Temp Control, thus bypassing it, and bingo it worked.  The freezer has been running for a few hours now and everything appears to be working as advertised.  The fins have an even distribution of frost and it has gotten down to 20 degrees where it appears to be holding.  That's as good as I expect it to get without putting the back panel on.  I was a bit surprised, because the way the start relay rattled when shaken, I really expected that to be the problem.  Guess that shows that just because it rattles does not guarantee it is bad.  It did pass a multi-meter test, so I was a little unsure.  Now the horrible bad news:  the Temp Control part # AP2113104 (216303600) is discontinued/unavailable.  I do not want to send a perfectly good freezer to the scrap heap just because of a small little part.  Do you have any new/used parts in your tool box, or is there a chance to jerry-rig a different temp control part that would be compatible.  Hate to think this could be another casualty of our throw away society?  Your advise is greatly appreciated!

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Good deal!
something like this may work  https://www.webstaurantstore.com/all-points-46-1402-universal-cold-controller-for-refrigerators-or-freezers/AP461402.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=GoogleShopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6qy69-yV6wIVUfDACh23IQO4EAQYASABEgLnt_D_BwE

you need one that will go to -10 or so, this one shows down to -6 which may work but you do have options at least 







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