I might have ruined my old fridge. Anyway, here's the deal. I bought a 1940 GE fridge last week. The wires had been yanked out of some sort of junction box. The box was gone. Now- this is where I might have totally messed up. I tested the compressor by directly wiring it to a plug. It worked great. So I then replaced the rest of the wiring.
The compressor has 3 wires: one green, one black, one white. The green one goes to the thermostat. I re-wired this and it worked great. I decided to let it run for awhile to make sure things were alright. It ran for 5-6 hours before I turned it off for the night as I have more work to do on it.
This morning I turn it on and all is well. Still works like a champ. I come back from breakfast and it is off. As in no adjustments to the thermostat did anything. Figuring the thermostat had died I again directly connected the black and white leads to the leads of the plug. Nothing.
That said- after looking around, I am fairly sure that this had a starter relay at some point. That is now gone. So first thing- did I just ruin the compressor not running a relay? It seems weird that it ran fine before and now doesn't. Or does it need a relay to start again?
Any advice or thoughts would be appreciated,