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Kenmore model 596 52679200 compressor starter rattles.

Now i hear a click then buzz then click. compressor gets warm but fridge is still freezing and cooling. should i replace the compressor starter because it rattles when shaken?

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  • rwilso9926 Dec 28, 2013

    compressor nis getting hot so i unplug fridge let compressor cool then plug back in. fridge will run quiet for hours then begin with the click buzz click again and i shut it down. starter relay is on its way!

  • rwilso9926 Dec 28, 2013

    and just more details here dan but it seems the compressor keeps running until it reaches a point were mab the heat of the compressor start the click buzz click routine?

  • rwilso9926 Jan 04, 2014

    got start relay and the click buzz click is gone. will relay more info as success or failure allows thank b 2 u o danny boy

  • rwilso9926 Jan 04, 2014

    got home compressor was on fire so unplugged. later the click buzz click returned. what is my next option?

  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster Jan 06, 2014

    Probably a bad compressor internal windings fried

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It might be on the way out I would get the new relay and have it ready when the box fails. leave it be till it goes on out. But be ready. If it was bad it would either not do nothing or overheat and shut off.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013

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  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster Jan 03, 2014

    Way to Git her done!

  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster Jan 03, 2014

    Replace that relay and if it still gets hot and quits compressor is going out

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SOURCE: Refrigerator buzzes & clicks

The only thing a capacitor does is 'kick' the compressor to start it. There is a box on the compressor containing the start relay. If it is defective or dirty, it might buzz. With the power off, find it, remove its cover and use some canned air to blow off any dirt inside. If that doesn't fix it, replace it. If there is a fan down there, be careful...and be sure it is working.

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SOURCE: Rattling compressor on Kenmoore bottom freezer refrigerator

IF IS NOT 5 YEARS OLD YET CALL A TECH ASAP THIS MODELS HAVE A COMPRESSOR THAT ARE FAMOUS FOR LOCKING UP AND THE ONLY FIX IS TO REPLACE IT BUT FIRST DISCONNECT AND REMOVE BACK COVER AND RIGHT BY THE COMPRESSOR THERE IS A SMALL BOX ATTACHED TO IT CALL A OVERLOAD REMOVE IT AND SHAKE IT IS IF RATTLES THEN JUST REPLACE THAT PART IF IT DOESNT RATTLE CALL A TECH

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SOURCE: My Kenmore side by side refrigerator is not freezing nor cooling.

surfgl,

The model you posted does not help me much but a rough estimate would be (from Sears) about $400.00 for the compressor + about $225.00 Serv Call and Labor. Possibly another $15.00 access valve and then tax.
The problem you have is that the compressor is locking up then it may run again for a short time. It will eventually lock up and not run again. If you can prove it is (by receipt) that it is less than 5 years old, Sears will repair it free under the sealed system warranty.
The model # and serial # should be on a sticker in the top front of the ref section. If not then on the left wall or right wall top front of ref section.

If this helped please rate me good. supertechks

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