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Compressor Our frig is making an unusual squeaking noise and the frig's compressor is running and will not stop. Is the compressor going bad?

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You may have a problem in the evaporator fan . Defrost fridge for 24 hours and start up. Problem should go away for some time. For a long term solution you need to check if defrost cycle is funtioning well if not suspect the timer or the heater.

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