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Compressor intermittently starts, loud humming when it doesn't

My frig has been making a loud buzzing, humming sound when it tries to start the compressor. I had a service person in and they initially replaced the (compressor relay) and the thermostat. The new relay did not work at all so he put the old one back and they did not charge me for that visit. The head technician said on the phone he did not know what the problem was and told me my compressor was probably going and there was nothing he could do. My frig is 4 years old. A couple of weeks later the noise and frequency of the (starter, relay?) was getting much worse and the compressor was coming on less and less. The frig was failing and the freezer was no longer cooling. I lost a lot of food and assumed it was just broken. I went to buy a new frig and finally shut this one off. I the day before the delivery of the new frig turned the old one back on and for 2 days it has been cooling well. The noise is much less frequent but there are times when it still tries to start the compressor and fails. But it is cooling, so I don't think it is the compressor and would really rather fix this one instead of buying a new one. I am afraid the problem will resurface quickly and would like some help as to what may be the problem. Additionally, I am capable of replacing parts myself if I know which ones to buy.

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  • imagineitp Jan 29, 2009

    I just need to know how to identify the parts suggested they do not correspond with parts in order area


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Get a 3 and 1 relay that will help boost the start windings on the compresor and help it start-up. get the one for 1/2 hp and you shoiuld be good to go.

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The refridgerator is going into thermal overload.
This can be caused by any of the following 4 conditions.

  1. The condenser coils are clogged up.(Located on the bottom of the fridge) Solution:You can clean it with a stiff brush and vacuum cleaner.
  2. The condenser fan is not working.(Located under the fridge)Solution:Replace the fan motor.
  3. Thermal overload disk is bad.(The disk is located under the black cap on the compressor) Solution:replace thermal disk
  4. The compressor is worn out.
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    Randy Hough Jan 29, 2009

    I have given the location of each one above,You just need to pull the fridge out to gain access to the rear and you will see what appears to be card board at the bottom,remove it and look into the opening and you will see all the items that are listed above.

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I am so sorry to take so long to answer your question i was offline but suppose i was shown as online sorry again.

Now then is it the compressor that is making the loud humming noise and does it repeat it several times a hour/day ??

The buzzing humming noise is coming from the compressor due to the start relay being burnt and the relay should be replaced. The relay clips onto the compressor and is held in place by a wire retainer under a plastic cover on the side of the compressor.

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