There are a lot of common refrigerator problems that come from a malfunctioning run capacitor.  For example, if your refrigerator simply stops working altogether, or if the fridge or freezer compartment is just too warm, it could be that you need to replace your run capacitor.

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Today we’re going to show you how to change the run capacitor on your refrigerator. It’s a really easy job; all you’re going to need is a quarter inch nut driver, and maybe a pair of needle nose pliers. Let me show you how we do it.

Now before we begin this repair the first thing we’ll want to do is disconnect the power and the water supply line to the inlet valve so we that can pull the refrigerator out enough to access the back of it.

Now our first step will be to remove the six quarter inch hex head screws that secure the back cover. Now with the screws removed we can simply lift the cover away and up and set that aside; that will give us access to the component.

Now that we have the back panel removed we have access to the run capacitor which is mounted right on the side of the compressor. We need to remove this retaining clip to pull that run capacitor off of this housing. So it may be easier to take this one screw out to release the tension on those wires.

Just depress that clip, lift it out of the opening and there’s a matching one on the bottom that hook on each end of that clip.

With the clip out of the way we’ll grab the run capacitor, just pull it straight out, and you’ll note the retaining hook on the end that fits over a plastic pin that is part of that housing. The new run capacitor has the same size of terminals, same spacing, and the same hook on the back. If yours is a wired in version, you may need to install the replacement 3/16ths wire terminals.  If the original harness has quarter inch terminals simply cut them off, strip the wire back about a quarter of an inch, and crimp the new terminals on.

We need to make sure that we have that hole over the post holding it in place. Line the terminals with the socket, make sure it fits snuggly.

There is an oval opening in the bottom of that housing that this hook will fit into. Hook the bottom one in first, then we’ll depress it enough to hook the top in. We can reposition the clamp for the wire harness.

We’re now ready to put the back panel back on, reconnect the water line. Now we’re ready to reinstall the back cover.

Tuck that flat inside of the base frame, line up the openings for the screws, then we’ll reinstall all six screws.

Now we’re ready to reconnect the water line, our water supply, and our repair is complete.

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