The compressor is the single most important component in your Springfield home’s refrigerator. It is responsible for compressing the gas that is circulated throughout the fridge to remove heat and humidity and keep things cold. If the compressor breaks, at best the refrigerator will run constantly to maintain a steady temperature and at worst will be unable to keep your food cold at all. So, it is good to know the common problems you might have with the compressor and what to do about them.

  • Random Functioning – If the compressor turns on and off frequently for no clear reason, there are a number of possible problems. The first you should check for is a faulty relay. Even just a dirty relay can cause the compressor to short out and turn off. To test this, you’ll need to use a multimeter on the compressor when the fridge is unplugged. If you are unsure how to use a multimeter, call a professional for assistance.
  • Not Cold – Another common problem is that your refrigerator won’t be cold at all. If this is the case, there are a number of possible causes, but the compressor should be at the top of the list. To do this, use your multimeter to test the terminal in your fridge. It should read zero. Now, test the various other terminals in the box. The only spot in the fridge that should have a reading is the ground for the compressor. If it doesn’t give a reading, it might be dead.

Getting Your Compressor Inspected

If either of these things is a problem, it is important to call a professional right away because your compressor may be broken. Unfortunately, a broken compressor cannot be repaired in many cases. It most often needs to be replaced. A professional can help you determine if this is the case and if so, what your most cost efficient option is. Call All Time Services today for any problems with your refrigerator!