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Appears to be stuck in auto defrost mode

Freezor totally defrosted and refrigerator is not cold. Compressor sounds like it is on. We hear a clicking sound every so often. Tried uplugging and plugging back in. Compressor starts but no cold air.

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  • KBOEHME Feb 28, 2009

    I have the same problem with Model LFD22860SW, not stainless (white). Sears just charged me $80 bucks to tell me it will cost $900 to fix...on a 2 year-old $1,600 refrig...does anyone know where the PTC Relay is located...can't get a repair manual online.

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Your relay that is attached to the compressor is going bad. It is called a PTC relay. The clicking sound is a relay called PTC relay. You need to replace it. First be sure to unplug frig. Remove the cardboard cover that covers most backs of the frig units. Remove the plastic cover that is on the side of compressor. It is held on with a metal clip. Now you should be able to see the relay pry the relay straight off. note the wiring and position of relay. Only three prongs on compressor. Go to a parts house for appliance's and with your make and model number should be able to get a new one. Let me know if you need any more help. ken

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