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Plugged in freezer after standing 3 days unplugged compressor ino

Freezer was transported to or house on its side.
We let it stand 3 days with door open and to clean.
Plugged it in and had a sizzle sound no compressor doesn't kick on.
Fan and light work

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That sizzling noise i suspect is either the compressor overload or start capacitor burning out .
You need to look in connection box on side of compressor,the relay should just pull off once cover is off.BEWARE even with the freezer unplugged there is a charged capacitor connected inside this box and will give you a nasty shock should you touch it! with insulated pliers touch all terminals to each other and earth to make sure capacitor is discharged .You should be able to get astart capacitor and overload from local repair shop there not expensive if this doesn't fix it the compressor is possibly locked up and will need replacing

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