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Compressor seems to be cycling all of the time

Kenmore model 363-9554710, the freezer has frost on the itmes on the freezer and the fan on theback is running non-stop. The compressor also seems to be cycling on and off every few minutes but it does not stay on. Don't know if it is self-defrosting or if there is a problem. It was quite full and I have moved some of the items to the dep freeze to see if that will help. We also have indoor dogs so I have cleaned the coils but they did not seem too bad. It was working fine this morning it appeared and then came home for lunch and it was clicking on and off. Help and tell me what to check.

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Hopefully your compressor is still good.
Replace the compressor start relay. It attaches directly to the compressor. If it has a capacitor attached to it,replace that too.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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