How to Replace a Freezer Relay

Aug 01, 2023, 17:21pm

The relay ensures the start of the compressor.

If a red light is on or there is an audible alarm signal, the freezer motor may be faulty due to the relay

The relay is usually located in a power box, close to the compressor, at the back of the device.

The relay in your freezer is a crucial component that starts and runs the compressor, enabling the appliance to maintain a cold temperature. When the relay fails, the compressor will not start, and your freezer may stop cooling effectively. This guide will take you through the process of replacing a faulty relay in your freezer.

Disclaimer: Always prioritize safety. If you’re uncomfortable performing these steps, it’s best to hire a professional to carry out the job.

How to Replace a Freezer Relay

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Multimeter
  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement relay

Steps to Replace a Freezer Relay:

Step 1: Disconnect the Freezer

Safety first! Ensure that the freezer is unplugged from the electrical outlet before starting any work. This reduces the risk of electric shock.

Step 2: Access the Relay

The relay is typically located at the back of the freezer, connected to the compressor. You may need to remove a panel or cover to access it. Use your screwdriver to remove any necessary screws and take off the cover.

Step 3: Remove the Old Relay

Once you have located the relay, carefully pull it off the compressor terminals. Some relays may also be held in place by a retaining wire or clip, which will need to be removed.

Step 4: Test the Old Relay (Optional)

If you have a multimeter, you can test the old relay for continuity to confirm it’s faulty. Set your multimeter to the lowest setting for Ohms of resistance. Then, connect one probe to one terminal on the relay and the other probe to another terminal. If there’s no continuity, or the resistance is very high, the relay is faulty and needs to be replaced.

How to Replace a Freezer Relay

Step 5: Connect the New Relay

Align your new relay with the compressor terminals and push it firmly into place. If there was a retaining wire or clip, reattach it now.

Step 6: Replace the Cover

Once the new relay is in place, reattach the cover or panel you removed earlier, making sure to secure it properly with the screws you initially took out.

Step 7: Test the Freezer

Plug the freezer back into the power source and let it run for a few hours. Open the door and check if the freezer is cooling effectively. If it is, the replacement was successful!

By following these steps, you should be able to replace a faulty relay and restore your freezer’s functionality. As always, if you encounter any difficulties or feel unsure at any point during the process, don’t hesitate to call a professional for help.