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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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  • B_M_N Jan 03, 2008

    Yes it did cool properly. Each time it has recovered to a fully working state.

    In reviewing more problems and solutions last night I came across one that is very similar to mine. The solution indicated that many brands of refridgerators with Tecumseh compressors are having problems similar to this. I checked my compressor and it is indeed a Tecumseh. I don't know if that helps but I thought I'd include that information.

  • B_M_N Jan 04, 2008

    The condensor fan motor is running at a good rpm when the compressor is running. The compressor does not get hot, even after running for a half hour plus. The unit has been operating in a normal state for 2 days now. The compressor starts with no clicks. If the unit follows the same pattern that it has, the problem will not occur again for another couple months. If I am reading the schematic correctly it should not be the temp control because the evaporator fan was still running when the compressor would not start. If a repair company does come to diagnose the problem would they be able to confirm a bad compressor when the unit appears to be functioning normally?

  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    Top and bottom not cold, loud clicking, fan running, no condenser running. Check the relay.



    Cost $21 for part and $219 labor for 20 minutes work. Part is in back on lower right side (as you face the back). Easy replacement. Worth your effort.



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  • waters_tarif Feb 08, 2009

    My fridge and freezer " all of a sudden " stopped working. The outsode doors are still cold for both(a double door unit). The fane is still on, but i noticed the food was begiining to defrost(in the freezer) and the items (in the fridge) were no longer getting cold..Helpppp

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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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  • john bain Jan 04, 2008

    tecumseh compressors to my knowledge always had a bad name but thats what they use alot of in the feild. check to see is the condenser fan motor is running at the same time with the compressor is it spinning with good rpm,s is the compressor getting too hot if it gets too hot it will shut down on the overload and wont come back on until it cools down the clicking sound you hear is the relay trying to start but the overload is in protection mode.if/ when the comp-shuts down is it hot to the touch 10sec touch if not it could be a bad cold control (thermostat) is there enough air circulation all around at least 3 inches all around are the coils clean is the front grill clean all these can cause a comp- to behave this wayand last prematurely. if these suggestions dont help you might have a bad comp-.

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