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Not cooling, clicking sound from low

Lights on, fans running. Won't cool. Clicking sound coming from compressor compartment. Sounds like a relay failing to latch. Posts on /forum.doityourself.com suggest problem is compressor overload due to dirty coils and/or fan - very likely as this is the basement fridge. Should be cleaned soon or further damage can result. Alternatively, could be low on charge, which is R12. if so, then this fridge is scrap.

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  • billslack Jul 30, 2009

    Follow-up: Unplugged unit and let relax for 3 hours. Compressor cooled to room temperature. Plugged in and clicking commenced within 15 seconds - compressor not yet hot. Unplugged. Removed plug-on relay and thermal overload disk from side of compressor. Dust balls on everything. Relay did not rattle. Fiddled with relay for few minutes then it started to rattle. Continuity checked OK. Consulted with local distributor of appliance repair parts. Relay obsolete and not available. Thermal overload disk scarce but available from other cities at ~$60 (exceeding value of fridge by ~900%.) Reinstalled everything. Fridge has worked fine for past 24 hours. Still, time to get new fridge.

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The cilcking sound is probably the klixon circuit breaker kicking out and resetting and kicking out again. If so, the unit is scrap as you have a compressor failure, electrical or mechanically related.

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    Cool Blue Services Jul 31, 2009

    Good job. The relay you got to rattle is a PSR..ie Potential Start Relay that is controled by the compressor winding current at startup. The LRC ie locked rotor current is high from a static start and the electromagnet in the PSR energizes a switch sending current to the start winding. Once the operating rpm is reached, the current lessens and gravity overcomes the magnetic fields ability to hold the solonoid core up. It drops and the switch opens, stopping current flow to the start winding. That is why it rattles when you shake it. If it was stuck, it was the cause of your issue.

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