Oh man, when it rains it pours! I did not want to be the "bad news queen" again. Benno just finished fixing the 120 VAC panel, when our freezer went on the fritz. I noticed with horror that the gauge indicated that the temperature inside the freezer had gone up, up and up, right thru the roof, very close to above freezing, although the two LED lights indicated that the compressor was charging. But it was not! Now I had to announce the bad news very diplomatically to my husband. This new dilemma did present a challenge for me and for him to fix the problem. My mind was already racing what to do about all the frozen goods that were now slowly defrosting.
After some probing and checking this and that Benno jumped the digital controller. Voila, the compressor came to live purring like a cat. It wasn't the sensor in the freezer, the actual temperature was still displayed at the readout. This meant that the problem was somewhere in the $350 digital controller and not with the compressor. After closely looking at the controller he noticed the unit had piggyback a small Potter & Brumfield relay, which turned out to be the culprit. An electronic supplier in Gaffney, SC had this relay in stock for $8.86 plus shipping. What a relief!
So now you think I managed to save all the frozen ice cream? Not! We both had to be rewarded for the stress.