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How to Replace the Relay Switch in a GE Refrigerator

General Electric, or GE, is among the top names in home appliances, particularly refrigerators. GE refrigerators seldom require repairs, but they sometimes need their compressor relay switch replaced. The compressor relay switch is a small electric device that actually turns on your refrigerator's compressor. A bad relay can cause your compressor not to cycle. Sometimes, a clicking noise from your fridge means the compressor relay switch needs replacing.

Replace the Relay Switch in a GE Refrigerator

Unplug your GE refrigerator from the wall and pull it out so you can access the rear panels.

Remove the rear bottom panel of your unit by pulling it up and off.

Remove the terminal cover box by pushing in on both ends of the tension spring with your fingers while pulling the cover into the upward position.

Check to see if there is a capacitor. If there is, one of its wires will be connected to the condenser relay switch and another connected to the compressor. Remove the capacitor leads to reduce the risk of electric shock.

Locate the starter relay on the side of the compressor and then unplug it by pulling it out by hand. Use a screwdriver to pry it out if you cannot pull it out by hand.

Plug in the new compressor relay switch and follow the steps backwards to put the back of your GE back together.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement relay

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