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Check the condenser fan if it is not running it may need replacing. If it is running make sure all the condenser coils are clean, and air flow is flowing properly.

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Hi my fridge is working well making a noice but it is not keeping things frozen or cold the freezer feels cold but it was leaking a yellow colour fluid the last few days

You have a refrigerant will soon stop working... call a repairman..

Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...

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May 10, 2011 | Refrigerators


Refrigerator Clunking in back

<p>There have been many questions asked on <b></b> about a <b>refrigerator</b> that has a <b>clunking</b> sound from the back of the unit. I will explain what is happening and why it is happening.<br /> <p><br /> <p>The <b>refrigeration system</b> that cools your <b>refrigerator/freezer</b> is run by a motor in a can that is enclosed with a small compressor. This<b> motor/compressor combination</b> is what turns the refrigeration gases back into a <b>high pressure gas</b> and is then cooled to a liquid. This liquid then expands and gets very cold which cools the inside of the box. That is a very simplified view of how a refrigerator works.<br /> <p><br /> <p>Now the motor that runs the <b>compressor</b> has a strong twisting <b>torque</b> (motion) when starting or stopping. To keep the unit quiet when starting and stopping the <b>compressor is mounted on rubber.</b> This allows just a bit of a twisting movement without causing a lot of noise. Sometimes the compressor is just setting down over pins with spring clips to hold it on, and other times they are actually bolted down with rubber bushings between the compressor and the base to cushion the compressor from the base.<br /> <p><br /> <p>Now after many times of starting and stopping a few different things can happen which will cause the starting and stopping motions to make noise.<br /> <p><br /> <p>As with any type of rubber product they can get old, hard and brittle and can crack with age. If this happens the<b> rubber cushioning</b> is gone and the <b>compressor frame</b> is now rubbing directly on the pan or bracket that is holding the compressor. If there are pins or bolts they will soon wear through and break. This will cause even more noise then before. This also will allow the compressor to move enough that the <b>refrigerant lines</b> are in danger of breaking.<br /> <p><br /> <p>Another possibility is that the bracket that holds the compressor or the compressor frame it's self may break and allow the compressor to flop around without any restraint except the<b> refrigeration piping</b> to hold it down. This will cause all kinds of clunking and needs to be fixed as soon as possible.<br /> <p><br /> <p>So the bottom line is that if you are hearing crazy clunking or thunking noises coming from behind your refrigerator, you better pull it out and investigate the causes before you have much bigger problems. The parts to fix many of the problems are available through many appliance repair sites. Look for your model number and then look for the parts you need in the compressor section of the diagrams.<br /> <p><br /> <p><span>How to Buy </span><u><a href=""><span>Appliance Parts Online</span></a></u>

on Jan 17, 2011 | Refrigerators

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Our side by side suddenly stopped keeping cold. Still runs but not freezing


As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer2_bing.gif and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...

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There is a relay sound & now the freezer stopped working

yes it sounds like the compressor has gone,
the relay starts the compressor, if the compressor has
worn out or seized the relay cant start it, and keeps clicking,
and then sometimes the relay will wear out or burnout .

Dec 14, 2009 | Jenn-Air JSD2789GES Side by Side...

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Compressor stops running and keeps cycling every few minutes. It buzzes as if the compressor is gone. the compressor is hot. If the thermostat is turned to off for 6 to 8 hours and then turned back on the...

you can replace the relay with a 3 in 1 made by supco. i generally just use a supco 0410.

it is a start relay, overload, and start capacitor all in one. works great for residential systems.

Nov 06, 2009 | Frigidaire FRS3R5EMB Side by Side...

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Maybe is it not compressor fault?

If you are 100% sure the compressor is not shutting down, then the expansion valve is bad, assuming that model has an expansion valve.

If a functional compressor stops producing cooling, then the refrigerant flow has stopped. Without refrigerant flow, heat transfer does not happen, and the attempt to pressurize the gas causes the compressor to get very hot.

It's possible that the valves in the compressor are shot, as well. If it's a thermostatic expansion valve, try applying heat to it to coax some flow through it.

Oct 23, 2009 | Kenmore 55612 / 55614 / 5561 / 655619 Side...

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Refrigerator not keeping my food cold or frozen.

your relay to compressor is bad,you can replace with same relay and overload or you can try a 3-n-1 hard to start for ref. compressors.

Mar 24, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Kenmore side by side compressor keeps getting hot

Your fan is stalling which in turn is over heating the compressor causing it to shut itself down. Replace the fan and make sure the coils under the fridge are clean. That should take care of the problem. Good luck

Dec 29, 2008 | Kenmore 50522 / 50524 Side by Side...

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GE Profile Stainless Steel Top Freezer Refrigerator

Check the compressor.
Unplug for 15-20 min. plug it back in and listen for the compressor to start. You will have to be behind the ref to listen and make sure you hear the compressor start and not just a fan running. If you hear a clicking noise then the compressor relay is bad.

Dec 16, 2008 | GE Profile Arctica Stainless Steel Top...

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