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Compressor not coming on

The compressor is not coming on and the overload/relay assembly makes a clicking noise like it want to start the compressor

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You can test the starter or just put a new one in. If the problem is not the starter it's the compressor which would be expensive to work on or replace. Test starter- http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php

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When the compressor tries to come on, why does it click and hum, then clicks off?


Two causes for that situation. The compressor has a start relay and a overload mounted on the 3 prongs. When the relay/overload is bad, compressor will kick on, hum, then a click sound. The click is the overload. Or, the compressor is drawing too much power and the compressor is bad. 90% of time it's the relay/overload but you need to check and make sure fan is running by compressor and coils underneath are not clogged up. Poor air flow around compressor can cause overload to go bad.

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Compressor starts and then stops.....I hear a clicking noise
I wish I had a dime for every time I heard the statement above made.
Before going into the issue we must first understand just what a compressor does and where it is located. The compressor is located (in most instances) on the lower backside of the unit. The side that is against the wall. It is behind either a cover made of cardboard or metal panel.
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The compressor compresses the Freon to a gas which is then circulated through the evaporator coils
Which are located inside of your freezer section . Note the over load and relay location on the picture above.
There are three components....relay/overload/and the capacitor. This subject here is for the relay and overload. They are 95% of the time responsible for the compressor not running. Without them, the compressor will try to start and at times will run for a short amount of time. The customers complaint is usually both my freezer and refrigerator are warm. They also state ,"I hear the compressor turning on but it will shut off after a minute or two" and " I also hear a clicking noise"
The clicking sound is coming from the relay. The contacts have broken inside and they are not allowing the compressor to start. Note the location of the relay and overload on the compressor. The compressor has three prongs pertruding from the side that the relay and overload are plugged into. Simply pull them off the compressor and shake them. If they are bad you will hear a rattle sound coming from them.
When ordering your new relay and overload you will need the complete model number to ensure the proper part. See my tips and how to's at the bottom of this procedure for the link to find your model number.Here are just a few styles of overloads and relays.

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How to find appliance model numbers When trying to troubleshoot or purchasing parts for your appliance the model number is the key to do

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I have a whirlpool refrigerator model w8txewfyq02 the freezer isnt freezing and im hearing a clicking noise


The clicking sound is coming from the overload mounted under the cover mounted on the side of the compressor. You most likely have a defective start relay and it is not allowing the compressor to start. When compressor will not start the overload clicks off to stop power from going to the compressor to protect the compressor from burnout. Defective relays are caused by defective run capacitor, wear, age or a defective condenser or evaporator fan motor. Here are the parts should you choose to repair this yourself=> W10197428 Start Relay and Overload and a 2169373 Run Capacitor You should also be on the lookout for a defective fan motor to prevent damage again to the start relay should it have been cause by a defective fan motor. I am here if you have questions, Thank You, John T. Appliance 911

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Hi, I have an LG refrigerator that has stopped cooling altogether.


its the ptc overload/relay,but make sure to check the compressors motor winding resistance on both start and run windings theres 3 terminal pins where the ptc overload attaches the single pin above or below the other 2 pin terminals is the common terminal,check for 8-11 ohms between the common and each of the other 2 terminals,then if no resistance or zero resistance then its the compressor,also check from the compressor case to each terminal at a time to make sure compressor isn't grounded to the case

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Not cooling clicking sound refrig compresso and


IT'S MOST LIKELY THE START RELAY/OVERLOAD PROTECTOR ON THE SIDE OF THE COMPRESSOR. UNPLUG UNIT AND PULL START RELAY OFF AND SHAKE. IF SOUNDS LIKE IT'S FULL OF GRAVEL IT'S BAD, OR GET VOLT /OHM METER AND CHECK CONTINUITY BETWEEN THE START AND RUN TERMINALS ON BACK SIDE OF RELAY, WHILE YOUR THERE CHECK CONTINUITY BETWEEN THE BACK SIDE OF OVERLOAD AND WHERE L1 WIRE COMES IN FROM THE HARNESS. IF ALL THAT CHECKS OUT THE COMPRESSOR MIGHT BE BAD OR DRAWING TOO MUCH CURRNET FOR THE FACTORY START DEVICE. YOU DIDN'T NOTE A SERIAL #, SOME OF THOSE MODELS WERE UNDER RECALL FOR THE RELAY/OVERLOAD PROBLEM.

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My Matag Skybox compressor will not turn on. I can here it clicking and trying to come on.


HI. This is a strong indication of starter/overload relay failure. This clicking noise is coming directly fromm the relay device. it is damaged. this relay is the main starter of the compressor unit. It receives a signal from the main PCB. Once the power signal is received, the relay will regulate the starting, and stopping of the compressor, via control board and thermostat assembly. The failed relay will need to be replaced, asap. Once replaced, the unit will operate correctly. The relay is mounted on the side of the compressor. Once the bracket, and terminal wires are removed, you can gently pull it away form the compressor, to check the contacts and connections for corrosion. If any of the contacts or terminal connections are worn, replace them. Worn contacts, or corroded connections will not allow for proper current flow.

NOTE_ I would advise to locate the clicking. Make sure its coming form the compressor/relay location. There are some units of this nature out there that are fixed(compressor and relay intergraion). If this is the case, simply replace the entire compressor unit. If the clickiong is coming from the main control board(PCB), the PCB, will be the culprit.

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Fridge has stopped working/getting cold


check the relay, the clicking noise is your overload tripping out on overload, the run winding of the compressor are not coming on line, if your relay is good, the ohm out your compressor.

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heres a part number for the overload relay assy 5304468029.. its mounted on the side of compressor. its a tricky one, usually my experience has been the noise comes from a bad compressor( which you should have 5 year full warr from manufacture). sometimes the overload relay does go bad preventing compressor from starting,the n ew compressor will come with a new overload relay

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thats your overload relay , trying ti start your compressor, you can try to replace the overload/relay.part number 12002784. however if the unit is under 5 years oldyou should have compressor coverage through the manufacture,and the overload relay comes withthe new compressor

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STOP! DO NOT RUN UNTIL YOU GET PROPER PART!
I hope you have not ruined the compressor by now. Your original problem was that your compressor start relay assembly was bad. The click noise you were hearing was the overload protector preventing damage to the compressor. When you bypassed this relay and overload protector you may have burned the windings of your compressor. You would need a compressor tester or you will need to put a good relay overload assembly on to see if the compressor is usable now. If the compressor is destroyed the repair bill could run from about $350.00 to $700.00 depending on model and technicians labor charge.
I hope I have helped, supertechks

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