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Whirlpool side-by-side won't get cold, compressor clicks on-off.

We just bought a used 5 yr old Whirlpool refridgerator, side-by-side. Man we bought it from said it worked "fine" in his home. We transported it in the upright position, brought it home, plugged it in now for about 1 1/2 hours and it is not getting cold. We set freezer to "colder", fridge side to "3". Compressor just clicks, then hums for about 5 to 10 seconds, then clicks again. Fan inside runs all the time. HELP! What do we do now to get this thing to work?

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I have the same problem and this is what I found out.
There is a Overload/relay unit that attaches directly to the compressor, it's black and white and looks just like a plastic connector (terminal) but it has a built-in thermistor which acts as a relay (together with the capacitor mounted somewhere on the inside wall of the fridge by the compressor). That Overload/relay unit is bad, (burnt up) and I also found that the actual compressor is shorted out too, since I tried starting it and it just blows the house breaker immediately. I found similar problems on other forums and now I know I'm in for a replacement fridge.This fridge is less than 6 years old and already went through 2 other repairs. 1.- the Ice maker went bad within 2 years...2.- The defrost thermistor went bad and the freeser wouldn't defrost so I replaced the thermistor,
now 2 months later, the compressor went bad, less than 6 years after paying over $1400.00 for the stupid Whirlpool fridge.
Now, let me tell you, that is not cool at all.

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Sounds like the start relay OR the compressor is no good. Have a service tech look at it, because there may be a capacitor in the circuit, which could be dangerous for you to fool with.

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