Do you have problems with your Beko fridge freezer compressor? Find out how to fix these problems from this article.
Where Is the Compressor on a Beko Fridge Freezer?
The compressor on a Beko fridge freezer is at the bottom back of the unit. Follow the steps below to find the compressor on a Beko fridge freezer:
Disconnect the appliance from the power source.
Pull the unit far off the wall to create enough work area.
Unthread the bottom access panel behind the fridge freezer. You will find the compressor behind the access panel. It is the black pot-like component that seats under the drip tray.
Beko American Fridge Freezer Compressor Problems – Solutions
Here are some of the common Beko fridge freezer compressor problems and their solutions:
1. Compressor Running Too Long
To prevent the compressor from running too long, open the fridge freezer less frequently and maintain the ideal internal temperature.
The compressor tends to work harder to stabilize the temperature of the fridge freezer when the door is always open. And when the ambient environment is not ideal, the compressor runs for a longer time.
Therefore, keep the appliance in a cool room when the weather is hot. As you already know, a warm environment makes the compressor run for a longer time.
Additionally, to keep the compressor from working harder, allow some space between the wall and the fridge freezer. It will allow air to circulate well around it.
2. Compressor Too Noisy
While it is normal for the compressor to make a humming sound, if it becomes too loud, do not neglect it. Schedule for a service repair because the compressor may soon cease functioning.
Furthermore, if it is a clicking sound, the problem may be with the start relay. Detach it from the compressor and shake it gently. If it rattles, the start relay is likely faulty. Replace the part as soon as possible.
3. Compressor Overheating
If the compressor is overheating, check the temperature control thermostat or the condenser fan for defects. When either of these two components malfunctions, the compressor will overheat. Change them if they are the problem.
Additionally, check the internal temperature of the fridge freezer and the level of the refrigerant in the sealed system.
If the internal temperature is warmer than the manufacturer’s recommendation, the compressor will overheat. Similarly, if the sealed system is running low on refrigerant, the compressor will overheat.
So, set the temperature to the right degree; 0⁰F for the freezer compartment and 37⁰F for the fridge section. However, if the low refrigerant is why the compressor is overheating, let a service technician carry out the repair.
4. Compressor Not Running
When the compressor stops running, some defective components are most likely the cause. Check the start relay, start capacitor, thermistor, condenser fan, or the temperature control thermostat for faults.
If any one of them is faulty, buy a replacement part and change it.
Moreover, when the compressor is old, it may stop running. Likewise, when the control board develops a fault, the compressor may stop working. However, the control board is rarely the cause of this problem.
If none of these is the problem with your Beko American fridge freezer compressor, contact Beko for further assistance.
Beko Fridge Freezer Compressor Clicking – Quick Fix
If your Beko fridge freezer compressor is clicking, here are some quick fixes:
1. Clean Condenser Coils
Use a condenser cleaning brush to dust off the dirt from the condenser coils. The condenser coils are either underneath or behind the appliance.
If the condenser coils are dirty, it causes compressor overload. Consequently, the compressor will try to shut down, hence the clicking sound you hear.
2. Replace Faulty Start Relay
To change the start relay, unplug the appliance from the power outlet and move it away from the wall.
Now, unscrew the rear access panel at the bottom of the fridge freezer and locate the start relay. The start relay is mounted on the compressor. It looks like a black ink cartridge. Change it with the replacement part.
However, before changing the start relay, confirm that it is faulty. To determine that, shake it to see if it will rattle. A rattling sound shows the start relay has a fault.
The function of the start relay is to kick-start the compressor when necessary. So, once it fails, it causes the compressor to click on and off.
3. Check Condenser Fan
The condenser fan is next to the compressor. Use your hand to spin the fan blades to see if they turn freely. If they do not, see if anything is hindering them or the motor shaft. Remove such a thing if any.
Sometimes, the problem may be solely from the fan motor. If the fan blades spin freely, the fan motor may be why the condenser fan is not working. So, in this case, it is best to replace the motor.
Keep in mind that if the condenser fan is faulty, the compressor will overheat. As a result, you will notice it intermittently clicking on and off to cool down.
Follow the steps in this video to replace the condenser fan motor.
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Beko Fridge Freezer Compressor Starts then Stops – Solved
Does your Beko fridge freezer start, then stops? Here is why:
1. Power Cord Problem
Check the power cord for any damage – wear and tear or burns. It may not be sending enough voltage from the power outlet to the appliance. As a result, the compressor will start up and trip off.
If you notice any defect in the power cord, change it. It is an inexpensive repair.
2. Dirty Condenser Coils
If the condenser coils are dirty, it will cause the compressor to heat up. Consequently, the compressor will shut off from time to time to cool down.
Check the condenser coils, and clean them if they are dirty. Use a condenser cleaning brush for effective cleaning. It is also advisable to clean the condenser coils at least twice yearly.
3. Ice Buildup on Evaporator Coils
Ice building up on the evaporator coils affects the effective functioning of the compressor. So, check the evaporator coils, behind the rear wall of the freezer compartment, for frost.
If there is frost over the coils, defrost them manually. Unplug the appliance and leave the door open for about 24 hours. Remember to store your food in a cooler to keep them from spoiling. Also, place a dry towel at the base of the fridge freezer to catch dripping water.
However, note that ice on the coils indicates something is wrong with the defrost system. Troubleshoot the system and fix the fault.
4. Faulty Start Relay
A rattling start relay is faulty. Alternatively, you can use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the start relay does not have continuity, it is damaged.
Replacing the start relay is an inexpensive and easy repair. Detach it from the compressor and replace it.
The start relay triggers the compressor to act. So, when the start relay malfunctions, it will keep trying to kick-start the compressor without success.
Also, keep in mind that a power outage is the common cause of a faulty start relay. So, watch out for that anytime there is a power outage.
5. Overload Device Tripping
The compressor overload device measures the current the compressor draws and trips off if the current is too high.
The overload device begins to trip once it detects a fault with the compressor. Let a service technician ascertain the problem with your compressor and fix it.
Beko Fridge Freezer Compressor Hot – What to Do
Is your Beko fridge freezer compressor hot? Do the following to fix it:
1. Check Internal Temperature
Ensure the internal temperature of your fridge-freezer is within range. The right temperature for the fridge compartment is 37 degrees Fahrenheit, while for the freezer, it is 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the internal temperature of the fridge freezer is warm, the compressor will work harder to stabilize the temperature. Consequently, the compressor will become hot.
2. Check Temperature Control Thermostat
Check the temperature control thermostat to know its working condition. Use a multimeter to test it for continuity while changing the temperature from the lowest setting to the highest.
While testing, if there is no continuity on different temperature settings, it shows the thermostat is faulty. You have to replace it.
The job of the thermostat is to monitor the internal temperature of the fridge-freezer. It then signals the compressor when to turn on.
So, once the temperature thermostat starts to malfunction, it will likely cause the compressor to run continuously. As a result, the compressor will begin to heat up.
3. Check Condenser Fan
The condenser fan is next to the compressor to cool it down when it overheats. Check the fan blades and ensure nothing is tangling them. Then, use a multimeter to test the fan motor for continuity.
A faulty condenser fan will not carry out its function effectively, causing the compressor to overheat. So, if you are sure the fan is why the compressor is getting hotter, change it.
4. Check Location
Ensure you do not position the appliance close to direct sunlight. It will make the compartment warm up easily, thereby making the compressor work harder to stabilize the temperature. Consequently, the compressor will start to overheat. The same is true for all heat sources.
5. Check Refrigerant
Sadly, this is not a repair for a non-skilled service technician. If you are sure none of the reasons above is why the compressor is overheating, have a repairman check the refrigerant.
The repair may require sealing the leaking spot and refilling the refrigerant. However, if the leakage is due to corrosion, you may need to change the entire piping.
The refrigerant is the gas circulating within the condenser coils. The compressor compresses it to provide a cooling effect inside the unit. So, if the refrigerant runs short, the compressor will work harder to make up for the shortage, and eventually, overheat.
In addition, if the compressor is old, overheating may be a sign that the compressor will soon pack up. If that is the case, a service technician is the best fit for the repair too.
Beko Fridge Compressor Noise – Solved
Here are some of the noises your Beko fridge compressor makes:
1. Humming Sound
The humming sound from the compressor shows that it is working as it should. However, when the sound runs for an extended time, you need to troubleshoot to find out the cause and fix it.
- Check the internal temperature of the fridge and ensure it is within range.
- Ensure you do not open the fridge too often.
- Change a leaky gasket.
- Ensure the proper circulation of air inside the fridge by clearing the air vents.
If you do these things, the compressor will not run for a longer time to stabilize the temperature.
2. Clicking Sound
A clicking sound from the compressor most times shows the start relay is faulty. Other times, it could be as a result of the dirty condenser coils or faulty fan motor.
Whatever the case, carry out the necessary repairs. Clean the condenser coils, and change a faulty start relay or fan motor to avoid irreparable damage to your appliance.
Beko Fridge Freezer Compressor Not Running – What to Do
If you find your Beko fridge freezer compressor not running, here are the parts you need to check:
1. Condenser Fan
Check the condenser fan to determine if it is still in good working condition. Rotate the fan blades with your hand to see if they move freely. Then, use a multimeter to test the fan motor for continuity.
If the fan blades do not move freely or the fan motor does not have continuity, change the condenser fan. It could be the reason your fridge freezer compressor is not working.
The condenser fan cools the compressor to keep it from overheating. So, when it goes bad, the compressor will overheat and eventually cease to function.
2. Condenser Coils
Check the condenser coils for dirt, and use a coil cleaning brush to clean them if they are dirty. Alternatively, you can use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush for the cleaning. And if the dirt is sticky, use a damp soapy cloth for effective cleaning.
The function of the condenser coils is to dissipate the heat from the refrigerant running through them. But when they are dirty, they cannot do this job efficiently, causing the compressor to work more. Over time, the compressor will begin to overheat and then stop running altogether.
Clean the condenser coils as regularly as recommended.
3. Start Relay
To determine if the start relay is faulty, detach it from the compressor and give a slight shake. If the start relay makes a rattling sound, that shows it is faulty. Alternatively, use a multimeter to test it.
The start relay works with the start winding to power up the compressor. So, when this part goes bad, the compressor will most likely stop running. To get your fridge-freezer compressor to work again, you need to change the start relay if it is faulty.
4. Start Capacitor
Use a multimeter to test the start capacitor, and replace it if it does not have any reading. The start capacitor supplies the compressor with the power to start up. So, without a working start capacitor, the compressor cannot work.
Therefore, change a capacitor that is faulty.
5. Temperature Control Thermostat
To check if the temperature control thermostat is functioning, move the dial from the lowest to the highest setting. You will hear an audible click to confirm that the thermostat is good.
Otherwise, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the thermostat does not have continuity, that further confirms that it is faulty. You have to replace it.
The thermostat is responsible for reading the internal temperature of the fridge freezer. Then, it uses the same to send voltage to the compressor.
Therefore, when the temperature control thermostat malfunctions, the compressor will not work.
Like some of the other components, use a multimeter to determine if the thermistor is faulty or not.
The thermistor monitors the temperature of the appliance and sends the reading to the control board. The control board will, in turn, use that reading to direct the right amount of voltage to the compressor. The compressor will then use that information to work according to what the fridge freezer needs.
So, if you find that the thermistor is defective, change it. That could be the reason your compressor is not working.
Another reason your Beko compressor is not working is that the compressor is weak. And, sometimes, because the control board is damaged. However, this is rarely the case. The compressor may only develop faults if it is old, and the control board rarely develops a fault.
Therefore, confirm none of the other parts is the fault before considering the compressor or control board.
These steps also apply to all Beko standalone freezer compressors that are not working.
Ensure you turn off your appliance before carrying out repairs on it to keep you safe from electrocution. Then, confirm the location of the different parts you need to work on from the user manual.
Additionally, contact the Beko service center for further assistance if you are in doubt. Or chat with any of our experienced and qualified technicians.
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