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Maytag skybox soda dispensor does not get cold

I took off the back and looked at it. the little black box clicks evry once in a while. on the circuit board D10 and D11 lights were solid red where it says out. i dont know if they are supposed to be on. i also looked at the pipes and did not see any oil or wet spot that would show i am leaking freon. the pipes were warm though. i dont know if there supposed to be or not.

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Sounds like the comp relay is bad or the compressor itself is bad the relay is inexpensive and easy to replace. the compressor on the other hand is not available to be replaced for this unit as well as cost prohibitive.

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