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It appears that the overload keeps tripping on the compressor

Fan runs, condenser coils vaccumed (they were pretty dirty), evap coils not iced up, how long does it take to reset the overload? I can here it clicking...
I would imagine this is something we do not want to bypass.

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Almost certainly the compressor sounds to be faulty. That alarm is possibly the warning that the temp. is not correst. I would switch the system off for approx. 1 hour then retry. if it starts to clck again then it proves the compressor is faulty.

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