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Freezer wont run

This is a 1992 chest freezer that has given me no problems at all. The other day i went to get something out and it was defrosting. the light in the freezer was working but the compressor was not. i unplugged it then replugged it in. after removing the side panel and replugging it in the compressor sounds like it wants to come on but shortly after plugging it in a small spark comes from box mounted on side of compressor and it shuts down. Is this a presure switch or solinoid that I can replace myself? If so where can it be purchased? Thanks James

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LIsten for a "clicking" noise that hums and then clicks. If you hear this the compressor is trying to start and it is what is called cycling on the relay. There is a relay and an overload device connected to the side of the compressor that starts it. The problem may be the relay/overload, or it may be the compressor. The noise will occur then repeat a short time(minutes) later. If you don't hear anything, it could be the cold control where you adjust the temperature. Find the control and with the power off, disconnect the wiring to it and try to figure out which of the wires plugged into it are the power leads.Often there is a ground with a stripe(often green in color) and maybe there is a schematic that will tell you. If you can determine this, jump the wires together using any method that will connect them. I often use a non-vinyl coated paper clip, make sure it is not touching metal and plug it in. If you hear that marvellous sound of power, replace the control. The control lead on chest freezers is uninsulated and is pushed into a hole in the freezer near the control and compressor. It pulls out and you push the new one in(I use some lube). If the relay is the culprit there are aftermarket ones available that have directions and are relatively cheap. Good luck, AJ

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