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FRT18L4FW3 Frigidaire Compressor Kicking Off Prematurely

My compressor will kick in and run for about a minute and then kick off. Seems like an overload/relay switch problem to me to since it is a relatively new machine and compressor does put out cold air when it runs. Any ideas ???

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Sounds like it is either low on gas or it is tripping the internal overload which would mean you need a new comp. Check on warranty

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Feel the top of the compressor is it hot? Usually when a compressor will start and stop this is called short cycling and it is caused by a defective start relay, overload and capacitor. Sometimes it it cause by a defective fan which when this happens all parts including a new fan must be replaced
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If this is fan at compressor area it may be wired with compressor
compressor may be kicking out on overload.
stopping fan as well Change start relay at compressor
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I understand that you are having a problem with the mechanical parts (compressor) on your fridge. You can take a look at a tip that I wrote that will explain to you how to check the compressor and the starter components of your fridge and give you what tools you will need. Has image of the compressor.


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