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I have a GE Profile frig that we keep in our garage (where it is very hot since it is in Scottsdale, AZ). It was working fine, but about a week ago I noticed it was clicking and the lights in the garage were flashing in sync with the click. It was no longer cold, so I unplugged it and the clicking and light flashing stopped. I am pretty handy, but don't have any repair manuals, nor do I know if there is anything special I should be looking for. I can test electrical stuff, but don't have equipment to check freon levels / pressure.

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  • eredleaf Sep 03, 2009

    So your solution says it is probably that my compressor is locked up which is causing the voltage drop. Are there any simple resets that might free it up (other than unplugging and replugging, which I have already done). Is there a visual check or and electrical check I can do on the compressor. I know that the compressor is generally the most expensive part in a refrigerator. This one is not very old, but it is probably out of warranty. Also since it was in the garage it is not covered by our home warranty. Once I open up the back of the frig what measurements should I take? Are there any parts to repair a compressor or do I have to replace the whole thing?

  • eredleaf Sep 03, 2009

    This solution was a little helpful, but it was not complete as it didn't provide any advise on how to proceed other then unplug the refrigerator.



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What you saw is called 'voltage drop'. The cause, as you suspected was the fridge. What is happening is this; the compressor motor starts up to try and cool the fridge, it's probably 'locked up' or something. It's pulling high amps and the high amps flowing through your breaker panel to feed the locked motor is pulling the voltage down throughout the house. (because of the resistance in the copper conductors)
Leave the fridge unplugged until you can assess the compressor problem.

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