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Fridge shut down ---

Hi - came home yesterday evening Fridge/Freezer were not running. Light was on, water was working etc. Replaced the defrost thermostat about 18 months ago and unit is defrosting properly since then. Noticed a clicking sound occassionally when the unit kicks in but performance had been acceptable prior to last night. Unplgugged fridge looked around as best as a novice can and noticed that my auto damper control is not functioning properly from freezer to fridge so will replace that (unit that holds spring in place on the plastic poker that drives the door is broken off...). Wondering why whole unit would have shut down though? I've got an Embarco compressor, not Tecumseh.

Any suggestions as I will give this a shot myself on repairs?

Thanks,
Jeff

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Lets make sure the compressor is getting power first. A voltage check is needed at the 2 wires going into the compressor.
Assuming you have line voltage (usually 115VAC on domestic refrigerators) here is what to assume and try next:

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If any read anything to ground the compressor is bad.
Your readings between the compressor terminals should all be different and you should have 1 low 1 medium and 1 high resistance reading.
Add the low and mid reading together and the sum should be close to the highest reading. If it reads say 20% more or less then retest it a couple of times to confirm your not slipping on the terminals.
Assuming the above checks out: Get a new Start relay (start capacitor if so equipped) relay and overload (and capacitor if it has one) In other words everything that is external and attached to the wires or terminals on the compressor, and replace them on to the compressor. Then if it starts problem solved if it still does same thing the compressor is bad (broken mechanically inside the compressor) and you have to decide to replace compressor or replace the refrigerating compressor be it AC or Refrigeration.
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A few times I have gotten a compressor to start after leaving it off for 6 to 12 hours then retrying it. See the compressor unless left off for 6 to 12 hours and sometimes as long as 24 hours Is tight due to linear expansion from heat. And about 1/2 the time it is ok after new start components are installed. The other 1/2 the compressor will be ok for a day or 2 then stop again. Most likely from a “hard spot” in the movement of the internal parts in the compressor.

30 years of doing refrigeration and this has not changed.
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