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Not freezing or cooling and compressor clicking on and off

Woke up this morning to puddle of water on the floor in front of freezer. Freezer and fridge cool inside but not cold. Took off back panel and panel inside freezer. Coils not frozen but discovered defrost sensor/thermostat that clips to top of coils was loose. Reattached. Plugged back in. Fan in freezer and fan to cool compressor are both running constantly and compressor is warm and vibrating -- but sounds like it's clicking on and off every few minutes (there's a clicking noise and humming drops to lower tone and then about a minute later there's another clicking noise and humming goes up). Ideas on what else to check or should I just leave it alone overnight and see if it cools now that defrost sensor is reattached?

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From your description it sounds like the start components (start relay, overload and capacitor) are having problems. The clicking you hear is probably the overload kicking out to protect the compressor. It is quite possible that the compressor simply has gotten too hot and after sitting a while will restart when plugged back in. The start components are not generally considered 'user serviceable' parts. When the compressor has cooled to pretty much room temp, plug it in and be listening for those clicks. If you hear them, unplug it because it could eventually damage the compressor. Those components give the compressor an extra jolt to get the compressor running then they drop out of the circuit. If the compressor doesn't start, it creates heat until the overload drops out.

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    Victoria Cook Mar 29, 2014

    Thanks. I've unplugged it and will let the compressor cool down as you suggest and then see what happens when I plug it back in.

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    Victoria Cook Mar 30, 2014

    Plugged it back in and still heard the clicks with no significant cooling happening. I've unplugged it for now. Any other suggestions on figuring out which part needs replacement appreciated.

  • Tim Bennett Mar 30, 2014

    I would start with the run capacitor, it is the most common part to fail. Here is a link for you if it pastes correctly.

  • Tim Bennett Mar 30, 2014

    If the capacitor doesn't take care of it then you will need the relay, overload kit. There are two kits based on the serial number of your unit, and I don't know how to tell the difference.


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Sounds like the compressor has failed. Rarely a new relay and capacitor will do the trick but more normally it's the compressor itself. Decide whether it is worth spending money on to get repaired, or buy a new one

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SOURCE: Freezer not freezing

thats your overload relay , trying ti start your compressor, you can try to replace the overload/relay.part number 12002784. however if the unit is under 5 years oldyou should have compressor coverage through the manufacture,and the overload relay comes withthe new compressor

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For what it is worth. I had this problem twice and both times the compressor ad to be replaced. Ton this day it sounds like a pin pong game whenever it runs. No it is not the fans or the ice maker.

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is it frozen up? do you have any air flow thru the air tunnel from the freeze to the fridge? Check your air flow with the door switch pushed in. also check to see if the damper door opens... 1) if it is iced up you have a defrost problem. most likely a defrost timer. Turn off or unplug untill all the ice has melted off the evaporator back of the freezer..plug back in and it will work fine untill the ice builds up again. if this work you do have a defrost problem.. if not let me know and we can go deeper...

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SOURCE: Fan running,both cold settings at 4 , freezer 14 degrees C

you need to replace the start components on the compressor, theres a relay that mounts on to the compressor that takes out the start winding after it starts the compressor up. You can also try whats called a three in one to try to start up the unit. Good Luck.

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SOURCE: maytag mff2557hew fridge not cooling. Freezer ok.

Sounds like the Freezer Fan is wearing out or is worn out. This fan problem is very hard to detect. The reason is that when the motor is starting to wear out the fan will spin, but at a much lower rpm. This is enough to keep the freezer cold. but will not ciculate enough air thru the freezer and the refrigerator to prevent freezer from and refrigerator from cooler. The cost to repair/replace this fan is a minimum of $300.00

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