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Have a Frididaire side by side less than six years old. WAs running fine. I moved. During the summer months I would hear the motor like it would come on and off, on and off and then oneday NOTHING. I live out in the middle of NOWHERE. My husband is not an appliance repairman, but he is handy with tools and says he could probably fix it if we can get an idea where to start. Help.....

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  • topplepslash Jan 30, 2009

    I forgot to mention one important thing: We had a storm that came thru and had a power surge. Then the fridge didn't chill down on one side and freeze entirely on the other. Now when you open it up, the lights come on and you can faintly hear a fan running. We are thinking it's a power supply problem, but what the heck?


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It sounds like the compressor is locked up, and replacement is the only fix. By any chance did you lay the refrigerator down when you moved it? (It's OK to lay them down, but only on a particular side which varies from unit to unit.).

The "nothing" noise you indicate is/was the start relay jumping in and out of the circuit. It' supposed to do this, and when the compressor runs, you won't hear it over the other noise. But when the compressor is locked up, then you will hear it pull-in, and then hear it drop out as the windings in the compressor overheat and break the circuit.
If the compressor starts, then the windings don't get as hot, and the relay drops out, and everything is fine.

Reply back your thoughts/questions.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

  • Mark Egan Jan 30, 2009

    It sounds like the defrost circuit is having a problem.

    It could be any one of the following -

    Defrost thermostat
    Defrost heater
    Defrost timer

    I would be suspect of the timer, but all three need to be checked out.

    Are you saying the unit cools but doesn't freeze now? If so, disregard my initial response about the compressor being locked up.


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