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Compressor click and buzz...on and off..


I have read several posts related to this type of issues with Kenmore fridge compressor. Now, after owning the fridge for nearly 6 years, i started to hear the horrible clicking noise from my compressor...
I followed the easiest path on the repairing by putting a new starter relay after 4 hours of idling/power off.... Apparently, the solution did not work.
compressor kicks on.. click... buzz (abnormally high pitch) 10 (overload/over temp?)...

I have cleaned the coils and compressor area... I still have no luck.
I didn't have a multimeter. So I used my kill-a-meter outlet to measure the power and current draw from the fridge...
Without compressor...but evaporator fan is out... current reads 0.1A, 25 W...
After compressor click on... current is around 20A, 800W or higher...

I don't know what to do now? I assume it is a dead unit... freezer cools down to 40F only... what keeps it cool? the 10 sec humming during the starting period?
Should I try a 3 in 1 starter thing? I guess I can find that in the appliance part store... how much does it usually cost?

I don't know if I should invest more troubleshooting parts as I'm getting a new fridge going....

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If its pulling more then what the label says on the compressor it sounds like its done kicked the bucket there as its pulling too much to try and turn itself over and run also replacing the cooling fan for it should help for the next one that gets installed on it you can try contacting Kenmore about it and they should help you with it

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Could have a bad condensor at the motor.

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SOURCE: Refrigerator buzzes & clicks

The only thing a capacitor does is 'kick' the compressor to start it. There is a box on the compressor containing the start relay. If it is defective or dirty, it might buzz. With the power off, find it, remove its cover and use some canned air to blow off any dirt inside. If that doesn't fix it, replace it. If there is a fan down there, be careful...and be sure it is working.

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SOURCE: not cooling, compressor cycling, checked start up relays

very possible or it is low on freon maybe

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