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Compressor does not cut off.

This happened after it was repaired from a burnt live cable that goes into the thermoswitch.
on repair it was suplied with a new solid state relay and a ....

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My freidge compressor runs continiously without stopping making a slightly higher hizzing noise.

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does the compressor have thermal overloads?

that might be part of the issue if it does not want to restart for awhile.

Aug 15, 2013 | Samsung Refrigerators

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Compressor won't start

Whirlpool refrigerators as well as the other brands that fall under the corporation most like at some point within the first five years will stop cooling and freezing, and the sound you here will be either a humming follow by a click or in some cases just the click alone. This is caused by the start device on the compressor, or the compressor itself. Most times its the relay, and repair of this goes as follows:
The relay part of it has basically burnt, fell apart inside, however you want to describe and is not passing the power to the compressor to come on. To access this pull the refrigerator out from the wall, and first and foremost unplug it. Once that is done remove the lower panel, sometimes cardboard sometimes metal which is held up by a few quarter inch screws. Place to the side and located the compressor. The box on the side is start device, it will have 2 or 3 wires going to it, most of the time red and white respectively. Also they maybe a black box thats connected to the start device and sits horizontallty. Thats the capacitor. Keep that if your going to do the repair yourself. I recommend doing it because its very easy and will save you alot of money. You can buy this part at or at just be sure to have your make and model number handy.

Jun 19, 2012 | Whirlpool GD5SHAX Side by Side...

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Fridge stopped cooling. light comes on but not cold. only 14 months old. we live where power supply can be iffy so power surges apply. is there a re set button anywhere on the frindge or compressor

Hi,Your start relay is bad for sure however the compressor could have caused the relay to go bad. The only problem is that there is no good way to tell if the compressor was the cause for the bad relay. The best way to tell is to replace the relay. I understand what you are saying, it would be bad to spend money on the relay then it turns out to be the compressor but there is just no definitive way to tell.

If you have a meter about the only thing you can do is to make sure the compressor winding are not grounded out. Check to see if there is any continuity from any of the three terminals on the compressor to ground and if so the compressor is bad. Even if the windings are not grounded out the compressor can still cause the relay problem. Be sure to unplug the refrigerator and the wires off the compressor before attempting to make this test.

I will say that 95% of the time (or more) it is just the relay.

The reason the fan wasn't running is because the compressor was off on the overload which cuts the fan off as well. The fan should have been coming on every so often when the compressor cooled enough for the overload to kick the compressor back on. If that wasn't happening the overload may be bad as well.

Overloads give very little trouble but when they are cutting on and off like they do when the relay is bad sometimes they will go bad as well.

Also, figure out if it's a short term or long term problem. If it's a short term problem, you've got it fixed. If it's a long term problem, then you'll need to take care of the food in your refrigerator while waiting for a repair person.
Can you Quickly fix a Refrigerator that's not Cooling?

start with the settings of the fridge. Often, the cause of a refrigerator not cooling is simply a misplaced switch - have the settings to cold, and see if the refrigerator quickly comes on. If it doesn't, be patient as on some models the cooling part of the fridge doesn't come on right away.
Is there Power to the Refrigerator not Cooling?

The quickest way of telling this is if the fridge light comes on. If it does, then there is power going to the refrigerator. If it does not, there's a chance that the light is just burnt out, however it's good to check in other places. Check the circuit breaker - sometimes a power surge can flip a breaker without you knowing, and be the cause of a refrigerator not cooling.

If the circuit breaker doesn't fix the problem, roll the fridge out and plug in something else to see if you can get power to same socket as the refrigerator.
First place to check - Fan in the refrigerator's freezer

The fan is often a part of the refrigerator that can break down - there are a number of moving parts, and this helps circulate the chilled air. Take a moment and see if the fan is running
Check the back of the refrigerator when it's not cooling

Is the back of the refrigerator warm? Most of the cooling function circulates through the rear of the refrigerator, and when it happens, the rear of the fridge warms up.
Refrigerator not Cooling? Call a Qualified Appliance Repair Technician

When your fridge isn't cooling, you should immediately call a qualified appliance repair technician. Look for recommendations from friends or family, and have one dispatched as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that most companies will take a few hours to dispatch a technician.

When waiting for help, keep in mind that the most important thing is to keep your food in good shape. Ask a neighbor to use their space, and consider eating or cooking anything that is perishable. Food can be very expensive, and once it thaws, in many cases cannot freeze again. Cooking food then refreezing it can add valuable time to your situation.

May 28, 2011 | Refrigerators

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Our refrigerator wont kick on, no clicking or buzzing either. what do we do?

. Cut everything off for a few minutes then turn it back on and listen for a click from the compressor relay as the compressor tries to start.
Is the compressor motor running.If no check starter/overload relay. The relay is a small usually black cube shaped electrical part plugged into the compressor or wired to it nearby. It may appear burnt or rattle when shaken if it's bad. The two connections should show continuity with an amp meter. If it's good then it's most likely the compressor causing the problem.

Jan 16, 2011 | Crosley CRFF16 15.9 Cu. Ft. Frost-Free...

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The compressor goes to start then cuts out

Cut everything off for a few minutes then turn it back on and listen for a click from the compressor relay as the compressor tries to start.
Is the compressor motor running.If no check starter/overload relay. The relay is a small usually black cube shaped electrical part plugged into the compressor or wired to it nearby. It may appear burnt or rattle when shaken if it's bad. The two connections should show continuity with an amp meter. If it's good then it's most likely the compressor causing the problem.

Dec 29, 2010 | Refrigerators

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WMSD2756GES Clicking, slight burnt smell, humming then repeats

Replace the overload relays down at the compressor. Easy repair and too expensive. Do this and you'll be good to go.

Feb 01, 2010 | Maytag MSD2756GES Side by Side...

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Relay keeps clicking on and off

We aren't sure either without putting a tester called an "Annie" on your compressor. Maytag has had a lot of compressor failures, and we have installed overload relays on some of these refrigerators, the compressors ran fine and pulled perfect amps, and hours later the compressors failed anyway. You can remove the overload relay from the compressor, and do a continuity check on the three terminals. You should get continuity between all three, and you should not get any continuity between any terminal and the compressor case or freon lines. If the compressor tests fine, then it is usually, not always, a bad overload relay. If the compressor tests bad, then your refer is not worth repair, usually a 900 to 1100.00 repair in my area in Seattle. You may still have a warrantee on it as most brands still have a full 5 year warrantee on the compressor. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists.

Jan 25, 2010 | Maytag MSD2454G Side by Side Refrigerator

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Electical module to compresser burnt out

That is the compressor start relay and klixon. This happens most of the time when a unit os several years old due to the contacs on the relay and klixon getting loose from heat which causes more heat and then results in a failure. It can also happen when the compressor itself fails to start due to a failure of the compressor. The Klixon is a tthermal protector that controls a start winding period It heats up and then opens the circuit if the compressor does not start.

You did not mention any symptoms prior to your discovering the burnt electrical module so I am assuming there were none visible inside or out.

It is worth the effort to have this checked out by a qualified repairman. Many times it is as simple as replacing the start realy and klixon (interlocked as an assy when installed) Other than the service call and labor the parts required to attemot repair of this unit are less than $50.00. Once again it is worth an initial attempt at repair if the unit is less than 8 years old.

Jan 04, 2010 | GALAXY Microsystems 25.4 cu. ft....

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Kitchenaid KSSC42QMS01 refer is beeping. display is also flashing. cools normally.cannot enter diagnostic mode. Have not seen condenser fan spin, even while compressor is running. no voltage at fan

three things to check out.
1)the fan wiring's are they getting cut in between or burnt or short.
2)if the wires are proper ,then its faulty fan motor the Fan needs replacement.
3) if the compressor relay is faulty then also fan will not work.the relay is located beside the fan and compressor.
if not familiar with checking a local repair technician familiar with your brand /model is advisable.
to get required parts you can get it from
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its a common problem occurs many times and checking /replacing the listed parts solves the problem.
This will help. Thanks please keep updated.please do rate the solution positively .thank you for using fixya.

Oct 31, 2009 | KitchenAid Refrigerators

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Compressor cycling at 1 hz

Check and confirm that your power supply is good. Also try plugging into a different outlet. Your compressor is cutting out on thermal overload due to high amperage draw which is caused by either low voltage supplied or an internal breakdown of the insulation on the windings. If you have confirmed that your power supply is good and this still happens, you will have to replace the compressor.

Mar 09, 2009 | Refrigerators

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