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Yes. You have a faulty automatic defrost cycle. If you manually defrost the freezer, then restart the fridge and it is back to normal. It is a sign that the defrost is faulty and you will need a technician to fix it for you
Are you sure the compressor is turning back on. I would bet that you have a tecumseh compressor in your fridge and when they get hot they don't restart till they cool. The bearings in them go bad. We replace those with Embraco compressors. You unplug it and let it cool down and that is why it restarts.
Look to the freezer for your problem. Frost free refrigerators are cooled by air from the freezer compartment. If the freezer cooling coil freezes up air flow to the refrigerator is lost. Look for signs of frost on back wall of the freezer section.
Located the defrost timer, turn the clutch head screw clockwise SLOWLY until you hear one audible click. The system will then be in the defrost mode. During the 18-22 minutes of the defrost cycle heaters are energized and defrost should take place. If defrost happens and the timer does not restart into the cooling mode, rotate the screw one more time SLOWLY to the second click and the system will restart in the cooling mode. Replace the timer in this case.
If the timer restarts the cooling after the defrost period and defrost does not happen your problem is in the defrost heaters or defrost thermostat. They are located inside the back wall of the freezer on the cooling coil.
This sounds very much like a compressor failure. unplug the refrigerator and check the condenser for cleanliness. After cleaning the condenser and allowing the compressor to cool, plug it back in and listen for the same sounds. If the compressor was overheated it should restart after it cools. If it does not restart the compressor could be seized. Check the compressor warranty against the age of the refrigerator.
It is the compressor that has failed. The hum is it trying to start and the following click is the overload protector opening. What is the temperature where the refrigerator is located? Allow the compressor to cool down before trying to restart it. If it still does not restart after it has cooled off it is done.