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Freezer not working, odd rythmic noise.

Our fan went out on our chest freezer, so I took a fan from another freezer and switched them out, but after we plugged it back in, the fan works fine but there is what looks like a small electronic switch then every 5 full seconds or so it clicks and then a second or two after that you hear a noise from inside the compressor (almost like air releasing). I had to open the lil box that all the electronics are connected to and when I put it back there was one wire that I don't know where it goes. I did not see it at all when opening it. Its one of two wires comming for a cylinder shaped thing, all the other freezers have a very similar cylinder. I've been trying to find a schematic, even for just a basic chest freezer so I can find where exactly that should be hooked up to (without luck). The freezer was unplugged over night, We're not sure if that noise might just be normal untill it gets back down to freezing temps or not. Sorry so much information, if you need any more just ask. A schematic or any information would help extremely. Thanks.

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Re: Freezer not working, odd rythmic noise.

Is this the capacitor wires you are asking about perhaps?

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