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Refrig & freezer is getting warm - compressor is running -

The food is defrosting but compressor is running off and on==

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I need to know the RATE at which it runs. If this is happening within minutes or less, the problem is the Compressor starting relay. This is inexpensive and the relays are availible locally. Check the wiring diagram for replacement.


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