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If start relay is bad and compressor is locked, is the compressor bad and need replaced?

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If the compressor is indeed locked, then yes it needs to be replaced. It may just be out on internal overload.

Unplug it and let set for an hour or two, then plug back up. If it comes on it is not locked.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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