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No cold in fridge or freezer: buzzing compressor

I have an Amana ARB2217CSL. Neither the refrigerator or freezer gets cold at all. Every three minutes, the compressor clicks on, buzzes very loudly for 30-45 seconds, then clicks off. Based on other posts/responses I've read, it appears to be: (1) faulty compressor, (2) faulty starter motor, (3) faulty start capacitor, or (4) faulty relay/overload. I have two questions: FIRST, it *appears* (I'm not a fridge expert) that the relay/overload is attached to the "start capacitor" as one unit on my fridge model (parts listed on www.repairclinic.com seems to confirm this). I assume the start capacitor is NOT the start motor. Should I replace both the relay/overload with start capacitor AND the start motor? SECOND, I cannot find a separate "start motor" on my unit. Must the whole compressor be replaced if the start motor is bad, i.e., is the start motor for the compressor enclosed within the compressor unit itself? Please provide *very detailed and clear* suggestions as to what parts I need to replace. Thanks in advance.

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  • jalioto Sep 24, 2007

    I forgot to add that the fan works fine.

  • jalioto Oct 29, 2007

    I replaced the overload relay.  It worked.  For about a month.  The compressor needs to be replaced.

  • jt42 Nov 27, 2007

    I have an Amana ABB2223DES Top/Bottom Refrigerator/Freezer which is three years old. It has the same problem described by Jalioto, a buzzing noize that lasts 30 seconds or so, followed by a click. It seemed to be worse last night, happening every three-four minutes. Sure enough, we came down this morning to find the freezer/fridge had stopped working and were no longer cold. But at least the buzzing/clicking was still going!

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There is no start motor. If the brand of the compressor is a tecumpseh then it is most likely the problem and has a 5 yr warranty from the date of purchase. If it is an Embraco compressor I would try and overload and relay. They are all in one part sometimes called a start device.

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