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After defrosting the freezer the whole fridge doesn't work (is warm!)

The freezer was defrosted two days ago and once the cycle was over the button clicked out but the fridge never went back to being cold (and went warm instead!) -- even when the temperature was cranked up to full cold. There is a clicking noise coming from the back of the fridge, but nothing kicks in.

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  • itsmeagn Nov 13, 2008

    I defrosted mine and the button may or may not have come back out, I can't remember how far out it was before. I tried getting it to come out farther or at all, by using a blow dryer to warm up the thermostat. It did not work. I have only had this Danby comp. fridge for five months and If I have to check the compressor or the relay I have no idea how. I shook it and the only sound I hear is a sound like there is a big glass ball in the compressor. I have been trying to get it to come back on for two days. Danby has been useless. You have to ship it to Ohio at your owne expense, to have it fixed, even when its because of their shoddy workmanship. I would rather fix it myself. I would appreciate more advice on how to do so. Thank you for your advice so far. Also, the compressor clicks on and off but it won't cool the fridge. The compressor itself is real hot.

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Sounds like the compressor is locked up or the relay on the compressor is bad. whats happening is its drawing too much current and cutting out from the overlaod relay. that may be a bad compressor or the start relay. both the overload and the relay are under the black box on the front of the compressor. you will need to check the relay to make sure its good, and also the compressor. there should be a wiring diagram on the back that will tell you how many ohms from terminal to terminal on the compressor. hope it helped if its a newer unit the relays are electronic and if you shake it and hear like little sand pebbles in it most likley its bad and thats why it wont run.

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