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Refrigerator not cold . Motor keeps clicking on

Refrigerator not cold . Motor keeps clicking on but not staying on. Don't know anything more about trhe Fridge because it was part of the house when we moved almost 3 years ago.

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  • mamajuls5 Jun 25, 2009

    Thanks so much! When I saw oil on floor decided to buy a new one. At least I will know how old it is!

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Sounds like it is cycling on overload. Condenser coils (may be on back, or under bottom of fridge) may need cleaning. If coils are under bottom, it could be the condenser fan not working, causing it (compressor) to overload. Possibly compressor start relay bad. Worse case, compressor may be bad. If you don't know much about electrical stuff (compressor, relay, etc...) you should have a repair tech check it for you. If coils are dirty, clean them with a vac and coil brush (gently). You can get coil brushes at most hardware stores (Lowes, Home Dep, Ace, etc...) Hope this helps.

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Overload relay on compressor is bad

Posted on Apr 11, 2013

  • David Payne Apr 11, 2013

    also clean coils at bottom of ref

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