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Kenmore refrigerator is cycling compressor on and off. Not cooling

After blowing a circuit. The bathroom is on the same circuit as the refrigerator or it was anyway. The compressor now cycles on and off after about 10 to 15 seconds. It is not cooling at all now.

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  • ben_valent Nov 22, 2008

    Greetings,

    I don't have a kenmore but my basic understanding is that when you have

    on and off cyling going on, it usually indicated a lose of r134 or

    freon (or what have you) and NOT a bad relay. The cyling would not be

    taking place if the relay were bad because it would not be switching

    and hence you would NOT hear clicking or cyling.

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Hi thanks for the question i would turn off fridge for 3 or 4 hrs then try again if it starts fine if not replace relay at the compressor thanks the appliance doc

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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