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Freezer quit working

Recently purchased upright freezer 2nd hand. It was working fine when I bought it. Kept freezer upright in transport. No damage at all from transport, but it did get very cold in transport. After transporting it to my place I waited 24 hours and plugged it in. It did not run but did make a slight buzzing noise for 5-10 seconds before the overload sensor tripped off. Tried again a few minutes later, same result. Warmed up the compressor/motor unit really well with a blow dryer and tried again, same result.

Some thoughts:
motor burned up? why?
relay gone bad? why?
overload sensor bad? why?
could the polarity of my outlet be reversed? (but this shouldn't be a factor with an AC motor anyhow, or could it be?)

Compressor/motor is one hermetically sealed unit with 3 terminals. 2 terminals plug in from the relay which I believe is on the hot side of the circuit, the 3rd plugs into the overload sensor on the nuetral side of the circuit.

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I suspect when you lifted or moved the freezer, you tilted the compressor such that the oil washed out into the refrigeration lines. Common when people tilt refrigeration equipment the wrong way.

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