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Fridge is not cooling, but the blower is working

The relay is clicking on and off but the compressor does not start most of the time, is the compressor probably bad, and is it worth it to fix, it is our spare fridge for overflow and beverages?

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The relay needs to be diagnosed to find out which relay is bad. then replaced and if there are no other
underlying problems, this should do the trick!


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Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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