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Kenmore 53552202 After a 3 day power outage my refrigerator came back on normally except the compressor did not start. I removed the back cover and listened. The start relay clicks on and off a few seconds later. The compressor does not start. If left on after a while the compressor gets hot.

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The relay is bad. get pt#8201786 and replace it according to the instructions in the box and your all done. this is a very easy repair. cost for the relay should be less than 60 bucks.

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