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Yesterday I came home and noticed my ice in the ice maker was melting. I pulled the back panel off and found the fan blade that cools the condensor was off so I put it back on. Today I get home and the frig/freezer is still not working. I hear the compressor trying to start, but after roughly 10 seconds it "clicks" and goes back on standby for a period of time and then trys to start again. Is it possibble it could be the capacitor or whatever it is called on the side of the compressor, or is it the compressor?

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This normally could be a bad start relay(most likely to fail and cheapest to replace) and over load for the compressor, dirty condenser coils need cleaning, condenser fan motor is not running or the compressor itself which may have overheated if the fan stopped cooling it. To check the compressor properly you should test it with an amp meter, each compressor is rated in running amps ( see model/serial tag or the sticker on the compressor )...if the compressor is drawing too much current, this may be why it is shutting off. Check the model tag for proper amp rating. Some relays will be easy to notice whether something is wrong with them, they may be burnt. Some of these relays can be removed and if you give them a little shake, and they rattle around inside, then the relay is likely bad. Compressors can also seize and click on and off or one of the electrical windings inside the compressor could have opened up. You can use a test cord to help check the compressor and this also will help with the amp test. If the compressor checks ok and you want to install a replacement start relay. You will first need to find out which winding is which. You will need an ohm meter to determine the windings. First check to see if you have windings in the compressor. Then check to see if they are grounded. If the compressor has windings and they are not grounded, you can find which winding is which. Check for grounded windings by reading from each terminal to a good ground on the cabinet. Read from the top terminal to the lower left terminal. Read from the top terminal to the lower right terminal. Read from the lower left terminal to the lower right terminal. Write down the resistance of each reading as you go. The highest reading you get will be the run and start winding of the compressor in series with each other. The other terminal left will be the common terminal. Read from the common terminal to each of the other terminals. The terminal with the lower resistance will be the run winding. The higher resistance the start winding. Using the original style relay is always preferred, but using a general replacement can "get you by" if needed. Let me know how this turns out.


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