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Emerson cr500 I just bought this from a friend at a resale shop who said it was cooling when removed the day before I got it. He even said the fridge was still cool inside when he picked it up, however after I cleaned it all up and plugged it in I only get the light to come on. I do here a small hum and a click like it is triggering the compressor to come on or something. Am I out of luck and is the compressor dead all of a sudden??

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This is more suggestive of either bad compressor or bad compressor relay. Compressor's usually have 5 years warranty.

If you have experience in repairing appliances, could take all precautions necessary and use multimeter - You could do a continuity check on compressor motor and all combination's. An infinity value on multimeter would confirm bad compressor.

On the side of the compressor you will see a box (maybe a cover) remove the cover if it has one and then remove the wire harness. next you will see the relay with the capacitor mounted to it. give the relay a tug and pull it off the side of the compressor. once you have it off pull the capacitor off and then give the relay a shake. If it rattles the relay is bad. if the relay does not rattle the compressor is bad and you will need to call a service guy to replace the compressor.

Other option would be - Go to a local repair shop and get an overload and relay ( cost around $50 ).Replace it. If the problem still persists, then it is faulty compressor.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

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