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I did not clean my condenser coil compressor got hot and now the compressor starts runs for about 10 seconds then goes off.

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I believe I would unplug the refrigerator and check the start relay and overload under the cover on the side of the compressor. Sounds like the start and run parts of the relay are defective or burned out. Maybe your start capacitor also may need to be checked and if any are defective they all need to be replaced. Sea Breeze

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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I not sure I under stand your question but a clean condesor willnor cause your compressor to short sycle chances are you have a compressor problem. You need a service tech to check it out. Russ

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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LG bottom freezer not cold at all. The condenser clicks and goes on for about 10 seconds then kicks out . this happens every 8 minutes or so . Everything else seems to be working (lights,controls and


Please have someone check the start relay, run capacitor and overload on and next to compressor. These are symptoms of defective compressor start components, Thanks Sea Breeze
Look around the refrigerator fresh food section door for a model number should you need me to look up parts.

Dec 18, 2012 | Refrigerators

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Air Conditioning - Cleaning the Condenser Coil


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What happens inside this outdoor unit is a very basic state change of the refrigerant inside the air conditioning unit. The refrigerant that changes from a liquid to a gas inside the indoor coil moves to the outside where the compressor compresses the gas under high pressure. When this happens the gas also becomes very hot. The hot gas then leaves the compressor to start traveling through the many feet of tubing in the condenser coil. As the gas cools it changes back to a liquid form going back indoors to start the cycle all over again.
Big problems start when the condenser coil becomes so blocked up with dirt that the hot gas in the condenser coil does not cool enough to change the hot gas back to a liquid form. If this happens the cooling process does not happen and then air conditioner runs but is not cooling. The compressor starts to get very hot and the ultimate result will be the death of a compressor. For these reasons the condenser coil must be kept clean and free of debris at all times when the air conditioner is running. Cleaning the coil is a fairly simple process, Here are a few guidelines to follow when doing this.
To clean the coil a few simple tools are needed. A garden hose with a nozzle, wrenches to remove the condenser fan, a garden sprayer for applying the cleaning solution. The first thing is to disconnect the power to the outdoor unit. There should be a disconnect switch of some type near the condenser. Then remove the fan from the condenser unit. Usually this will be the top of the unit. The fan can usually be laid aside carefully without disconnecting the wires to the motor. Carefully wet down the coil with the garden hose. If you have very high pressure water where you live be careful that the water pressure does not bend over the fins on the coil. These are very thin and fragile. If they get bent over the air will not be able to freely flow through them. Using the cleaning solution from the garden sprayer, coat he inside and the outside of the coil. Let the solution work on the dirt build up before washing it off. If you use a foaming type coil cleaner then let the foam cook the dirt out of the coil. Then use the garden hose to wash the dirt out of the coil. I often work from the inside spraying out through the coil. This is the reverse of the usual air flow and it washes the dirt out easier. Rinse the coil with water till it is clean with no more dirt or cleaner coming out. Replace the fan and start the unit back up.
The cleaning solution for the condenser coil can be any good household cleaner. Many automotive type radiator cleaners will work well. For very dirty condensers it would be good to buy a foaming coil cleaner made specifically for cleaning condenser coils. A local plumbing and heating supply house should stock coil cleaning solutions. Most of these solutions are very strong chemicals. Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when working with them.
By keeping your air conditioning condenser coil clean, you will help to have your air conditioner running at the best efficiency possible. A clean condenser coil is one of the easiest ways to save electric while running your central air conditioning system. A clean coil will allow your compressor to run cooler and help it to last longer. Your condenser coil should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a year. If in you live in very dirty areas like along a dirt road you may need to clean the condenser coil more often. Also do not do things that would clog up the coil. Blowing grass clippings into the condenser coil is one common thing that happens. Keep shrubbery from growing into and around the condenser coil. This stops the air flow to the coil. Large flowers planted too close to the coil can do the same thing.
As you can see there are many things that can cause your air conditioner to work harder and cost you more money. By taking a the time to look over things and give it a cleaning you can save a lot of money.

on Dec 03, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

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I have kelvinator fridge it doesn't cool in both compartment we replaced the compressor il coold down for only 3dayes then returned back to hot state


is the condenser fan running back there?also did you clean out the condenser coil?usually when the middle strip gets hot the coil is filled with dust or the fan where the compressor is isn't running.the condenser fan keeps the compressor cool and all the heat from the machine escapes out through the condenser coil.check this,also the start device could be bad on the compressor,send model number next time you write so whoever helps you can look up your machine.hope this info helps you out.

Sep 15, 2012 | Kelvinator Refrigerators

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My unit was cooling yesterday and stopped today i put my gage it was 0psig i found a leak on the condenser fix leak and notice the condenser was so hot and not running not even humming.What next iam an...


Air conditioner compressor will not start. When power is applied to the air conditioning outdoor unit the fan starts, but you hear a sound like the compressor is trying to start, "UGGG"..., for about 5 to 10 seconds and then all you hear is the outdoor condenser fan run. The compressor is locked and will not start. What is happening is the compressor is trying to start, but because the compressor motor is locked it tries to start for a few seconds and then because of the high amperage being drawn goes off on internal overload. The internal overload protects the compressor windings from overheating and burning up. I see this many times during the start of the air conditioning season.

Jun 16, 2011 | Heating & Cooling

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The compressor runs for 6 to 7 seconds & shuts off for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes then runs for 6 to 7 seconds etc. I noticed that the compressor was hot so I cooled with a fan for 1 hour & retried...


Hi,

Many times a freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong.


If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

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heatman101

May 11, 2011 | Refrigerators

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If the compressor/consenser at the back is getting hot, Is there anything I can do to cool it down, like clean the coils or something else?


Hi,
Your compressor will naturally be hot... but besides cleaning the coils, you can pull it out some and give it room to breathe...
Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing thencheck out the last two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...

Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor

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heatman101

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I have a Kenmore Coldspot Model 106.7629461 Here's the problem: When the unit needs to run to keep the freezer/refrig cold, it does so for about 10-15 seconds. Then it shuts off for about 2-3 minutes. ...


Hi,

Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out thelast two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...

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Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor

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Hi,

Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out thelast two tips.

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Condensor sounds like it moans for a couple of seconds instead


Hello aeruslady1,

Do you mean the compressor? I'm sure you do. The condenser is the hot refrigerant line that comes off of the compressor.
It just sounds like you have an old compressor. I have seen them make noises for years before they take a dump. If it continues to run loud even after it starts however, then you may need to clean the condenser coil or replace the condenser fan motor. Another thing that might make it run loud is some refrigerant lines may be rubbing against something. This can be remedied by bending the lines.

Hopefully this helps.

Sincerely,

shays5415

Dec 03, 2008 | Refrigerators

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The small copper line should not be really hot its supposed to be carrying liquid refrigerant which has already had the heat "pressed" out of it by the compressor and carried of by the air flowing over the condenser coil. This could indicate a few things; that your unit is overcharged, you have a mismatched evaporator coil and condenser, an ineffective condenser fan motor or a clogged condenser coil and as a result your compressor is shutting of due to an overload condition from the building heat and back pressure between the compressor outlet and the evaporator inlet.

First make sure your condenser is clean and that adequate air is flowing over the fins of the condenser coil. Then be sure your equipment is a matched system. A indication that your condenser fan motor is not at speed is slow starting a humming sound and excessive heat. In my experience this complaint is generally the result of a bad condenser fan motor that over heats and shuts of after a short period and the build up of heat in the liquid refrigerant line of course trips the compressor overload circuit- which by the way usually takes hours to reset. I hope you've already resolved this, but in case you haven't......

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