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Compressor cycles I have a Kenmore Elite Model 106.54609300 fridge. Two days go I noticed that the ice had melted and the frozen food had thawed. It is still cold, but not freezing. The fridge section is also not as cold as it should be. I have cleaned all the coils and the fan. While cleaning, I noticed that the compressor will kick on for about 5 seconds, then shut off. It does ths about every 3-4 minutes. Also, the fan runs continuously. I swapped the relay from aother fridge I have (same part number relay) and it does the exact same thing. Any suggestions?

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Re: Compressor cycles

Yeh The klixon relay is not at fualt its the compressor im sorry to say that in my opinion that the compressor has failed.
the clicking sound is the compressor trying to start but inside its all burnt out and jammed.. If you need any more help or adivice then dont hesitate to ask

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I would suggest you turn off your fridge for a few days, pull it out and drain the water reservoir catchment; usually above the compressor. Vacuum the dust from the back of the fridge compressor and then plug it back in. If it repeats the fault, then you need to order a part that controls the defrost cycle for your fridge. Sometimes, one of the defrost coils goes bad which uncoordinates the cycle time.

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When your unit thaws - do you hear the compressor kicking on at the start of a cycle? If not, maybe the compressor relay it hanging up somehow. Or the compessor capacitor is malfunctioning. It is NOT a compressor problem though.

If you are capable of getting to the defrost heater circuit, you should check the defrost thermostat and timer (if there is not ice build up behind the panel. If the defrost circuit is active too long it could cause that condition - but you defrost heater is not the problem unless there is an ice build up.

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I bet the bearings in your compressor are bad. The compressor will run and heat up but after getting hot it won't always restart. Most of the time it happens with Tecumseh compressors.

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Please keep in mind, I'm attempting to diagnose the problem without being there and with little information.
You are most likely going to have one of five problems.
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  2. Defrost problem (Heaters bad)
  3. Coils under unit dirty
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Freezer is filled with ice and frost

you could have a problem with your defrost cycle.

but in order to conclude that, you need to thaw everything ( I MEAN EVERYTHING ) in the freezer box so if you have a spare refrigerator to stuff all the food that will be ruin in case you unplug this fridge for about two days. just to be sure that everything thaws out completely. then do it.

after two days with both doors open, plug it back in and observe the freezer back wall. check if the ice would re appear after 4 days.

if it does not, then it is just a clogged drain or too much water in the air that the heater was not able to melt the frost.

if it comes back, then you have a heater problem.

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heating element, bi-metal., and the controller.( electronic module pcb)

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