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Faulty defrost timer, overload relay, cap, compressor?

The unit has stopped cooling a few times in the past year. Initially it would recover on its own shortly after I discovered the issue. Originally I was not sure if the kids had left the freezer door slightly open. After it occurred a couple more times I was sure it was not the kids. The previous time this happened I cycled the defrost timer and it recovered, although the unit been unplugged for a few hours prior to that. This last time it happened I cycled the defrost timer several times without unplugging the unit but that didn't work. The compressor would click but it never started and it would shut down after a few seconds. It continued to do that every 10 minutes or so. I finally unplugged the unit over night. The next morning I plugged it in and it started working again. The compressor is under warrany so if that is the problem it would be covered. If it is any of the other parts I could replace them myself. It would be worth it to have a repair company look at the unit if I knew it was the compressor, but can that be determined if the unit is working? If it is any of the other parts I'd rather replace them myself.

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Re: Faulty defrost timer, overload relay, cap,...

When it ran over night did it cool properly or not if it did then the relay/overload might be bad if it did not you might hae a different problem ill check with you tommorow for an update

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