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Whirlpool 8201786 Start Device

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This is a genuine replacement part. The model number and name for the following item is: Whirlpool 8201786 Start Device.

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This is a genuine replacement part. The model number and name for the following item is: Whirlpool 8201786 Start Device

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Part Number 8201786
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 1.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Item model number 8201786
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Required? No

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ASIN B00DM8JIOQ
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4.7 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #20,068 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#10 in Home Improvement > Appliances > Large Appliance Accessories > Fasteners
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available September 24, 2007

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The only reason I'm reviewing this is to help educate those who are thinking of ordering this kit. If you are one of them, then your fridge isn't working and you probably realize your relay and overload component is bad. Many forums help you diagnose the relay/overload unit. Mine sounded like a rattle when I shook it, had a burnt mark on one lead slot and had little black ceramic pieces falling out of it. The fridge/freezer wouldn't cool, the compressor wasn't running and the compressor was very hot when touched.

After realizing that my part number is replaced by this kit, I was a bit curious as to how it would all work due to the many parts which are displayed in the picture. Once I opened the kit, there is a set of directions with photos and all the parts shown in the above picture. The kit basically comes with four relay/overload setups for four different groups of refrigerators. You won't use all the parts. If you are lucky like me and one of the two shown in the picture look identical to the one you are replacing, then you can do a like for like swap ("combo relay"). One is used if there is an EGY80 in the compressor model, while the other is used if there is an EGY90. These are the ones with the long plastic finger to hold the start capacitor in place. If yours looks different (no finger), then you will have to do a pieced together rebuild ("discrete") using the remaining parts and jumper cable. Again, an EGY80 will have you use one overload part, while the EGY90 will have you use the other. The small relay (black part) is then used for both with the jumper cable. The exposed rebuild is then covered with the black plastic cover shown in the picture. If you used one of the combo units, all these other parts are not used at all.
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I have a Whirlpool Conquest fridge that is about 10 years old. The fridge made a clicking sound every 20 seconds or so and the fridge did not automatically shut off. This is because the compressor did not turn on to cool the fridge. After doing some research, the problem was a bad compressor relay. This relay is plugged on the compressor with 3 or 4 wires connected to it. After removing and inspecting the relay, the part smelled like burnt ceramic.

This kit has relays for different compressors. At first, I was confused because my bad relay did not look anything like in the picture and was hesitant on ordering this kit. Installing the new relay is simple. The instructions included will tell you which relay to use. To find the model of your compressor, there is a sticker, near the relay, with the model number on the compressor.

I have used the small black, one of the small white, one wire and the black cover. Anybody who has bought this kit and has those parts left over, please let me know. I am assuming we both have parts that we don't need and I'm willing to do a trade so it will both save us time and money if this relay goes bad again in the future.
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It's hard to add more info beyond the very well written reviews already posted by J. Swingler, S. Tauchi and others. However, I'll try in the effort to create more hits for search engines to bring people here to buy these parts. The kit sold on Amazon is the same kit sold by appliance sites, but far cheaper. The kits are shipped VERY quickly, too (even without Amazon Prime).

As others have said, don't be mislead by the fact that the kit has lots of parts in it even though you only seem to have one bad part. The kit covers MANY different refrigerators. It is apparently based on the compressor used. Many refrigerator manufacturers use the same compressors.

Here are some of the brands that "may" use this relay kit: Whirlpool, Kenmore, Crosley, Estate, Kitchen Aid, Roper, Magic Chef, Maytag, Admiral, Amana. Contact your refrigerator manufacturer to find out what start device part number they recommend. Or, take off your start device (pictures and instructions can be found on many appliance forums) and look at the part number, then see below.

This kit sold by Amazon replaces the following "Start Relay" part numbers: 2188829, 2188830, 2188832, 2188833, 2188844, 2188845, 2188846, 2188847, 2212193, 2212194, 2216697, 2216722, 2220474, 2220475, 2220476, 2220477, 8201531, 8201532. There may be others, too. Check with your fridge manufacturer.

A bit of background on mine: It is a 2003 Kenmore Coldspot, part number 106.53659300. This refrigerator is made by Whirlpool (as are all Kenmore refrigerators starting with number 106). I have owned it since new and it always ran great. Then, in a one week time period, I had intermittent instances of ice cream melting, then getting hard again. One day, the ice cream melted and did not recover.
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This part fixed my fridge and my compressor is running really smooth. i changed it almost a month ago and its working without any issue. This parts i used for my whirlpool side by side refrigerator. need a little bit reading for the parts to put together but instruction came with the product and it took me less than a minute to figure out how to install it right.. its a exact fit for my whirlpool i guess whirlpool made a modification to this relay as the one came with my refrigerator had issues from manufacturer as people posted online.. I also checked youtube for installation help video here is the link if you wanna check
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