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Te relay is located at the side of the compressor. it is covered in a plastic cover and the wires are attached to it.
if you can take a snap shot and post it here, i could help you check it. also if there is a capacitor near the compressor and the wires are attached to the relay also, then check the capacitor also. if you have a bad capacitor, the compressor would not start also.
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Compressor is tripping on overload. You may just need the overload and relay replaced due to a bad compressor relay. The relay is what switches the compressor from it's start winding to it's run winding. If you pull the relay off, shake it to see if you hear lots of rattling inside, that's a sure sign of a bad relay. I would replace both of them. Here is the overload relay to order. Here is the start relay to order.
most likely you have a bad start relay and overload on the compressor is tripping compressor out... i would try that first.... it is possible the compressor it self has failed but if you pull the relay off and it rattles inside most likely get a new one and your back up and running again...
it off completely and let is cool over night and then plug it back in
and see if the fan runs and if the compressor runs...
compressor runs but not the fan then check for voltage going to the fan
and replace as needed...if there is no voltage then trace bad to see if
the main board is bad...
Start relay and capacitor may be bad if
the compressor does not run after getting completely cooled down...
Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a greatplace to
start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can dorather
then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...
I think the compressor has a problem with its internal running coil , or it's grounded.To check it you can disconect the power to the compressor and then turn on the breaker , and if doesn't tripped the breaker ,you know the compressor is bad.
The clicking noise you hear is the compressor trying to start but the overload is tripping that is hooked to the compressor. Either you have a bad start relay which I would replace first or your compressor is locked up. If the unit is under five yrs old but older than January 08 then the compressor not the relay is under warranty. Jan 08 manufactorers have put a one yr warranty on compressors. Its real easy to replace the start components on the compressor. Unplug first then take back panel off. If the compressor is hot more than likely the compressor valves are bad and wont pump which overamps then trips overload. Then resets and tries again. But if compressor is cool then you should be able to replace start relay and compressor should start up. Those relays usually get too hot from dirty coils and/or a bad fan motor by the compressor that blows air across it to keep it cooler. But the cost of new fridges is an incentive to try the relay. Hope this helps.
The relay mounts on the compressor and has a sliding start switch inside it. If you shake it you should feel the sliding switch within it. I fyou hear nothing or it sounds like a salt shake then it is bad. Newer relays have no way of telling other than you can visably see the relay is burned and can smell it as well. If your compressor is hot as the devil then the relay is stuck in start and both windings are going at once. This will cause the overload to trip and kill the compressor till it cools back down. otherwise the compressor will cool the box albeit intermittantly. If the contacts are disentergraded within the relay the compressor will not run.
Sounds like your compressor overload tripping. Compressor may be stuck from sitting. Start relay may be stuck from sitting. Try a new start relay after making sure all your wires and connections are good. Sometimes a wrap with a deadblow hammer on the side of the compressor can get it going. Don't pound on it just a light wrap. My guess is the relay or overload first. Unplug before fooling with any wiring!
go to the back of the fridge see if it has a white relay on the compressor that's the piece that plugs onto the compressor if it does un plug the unit take it off and shake it if it rattles and little black stuff falls out of it replace it with a three in one relay from an appliance repair parts store just follow the instructions on the part its easy don't worry about water in the ice maker it will fill when it starts cooling if it doesn't have the relay try turning it off for 24 hours to give the oil time to run back down to the compressor and advise me further