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Compressor cycles only occasionally, not cooling well

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The compressor cycles as needed, don't worry about the compressor if the temp is correct!!

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Why is there an occasional rattling sound from the rear?


Good afternoon Bob.

Wine coolers have a lot in common with mini-refrigerators. The cooling for the wine, to proper 'cellar' temperatures is done gently (one hopes) with circulating cool air that should keep the temperature stable, and the dust to a minimum.

The fan you hear is most likely one keeping the refrigerant compressor cooled off. Depending on how your unit is packaged, what you'll likely want to do is
  1. Unplug the unit. No pokey pokey into the guts of things plugged into the wall. Always err on the side of safe. Aside from shock rick, the small fans in fridges can actually cut fingers up pretty good if you let em.
  2. Look to the rear lower section of the unit and find the compressor(s) and associated fans and perhaps cooling coils. Much like with regular fridges, use a brush or a vacuum attachment to clear any dust bunnies or other debris off of the coils, compressors, and fans.
  3. Examine the fans. See if anything may have been sucked up into the blades or spindle - giant cobwebs, bits of thread of carpet fiber. See if the blade will spin freely, and whether it feels loose. If it won't move, or is obstructed, try to clear it and clean off any debris or fiber. If it will not move, the fan may have failed. You don't want to run a fridge this way, as the next thing to go after the cooling fan for the compressor is the compressor. At which point most honest techs will say 'buy a new fridge, I can't replace it for less than the fridge will cost you.
  4. You can also see if there is anything else obviously loose near the compressor or fan. There's a significant power surge needed to start the compressor, and the initial slow cycling may be making things shudder.
Hoping this is useful. Good Luck!

Nov 18, 2015 | Furniture

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My A C conpressor is cycleing realy fast, every few min. would it be the conpressor capacitor ?


No. It is "short cycling" probrably because it is low on refrigerant which means there is a leak somewhere. The refrigerant cools your compressor windings. If it is low it cannot cool the windings and it will stop the compressor due to a temp overload. As soon as the compressor cools back down it closes the bi-metal switch and allows the compressor to start again. The cycle will repeat itself until the compressor finally quits. Hope this helps.

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Aug 03, 2011 | Dometic Rooftop RV Air Conditioner

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My Whirlpool ET8WTKXKT0 doesn't cooling down. The fan is working, but the compressor like dead. What I have to check? Thanks. Victor


Its the problem with compressor,The problem is weak compressor.The refrigerant ( R12) in the compressor is got low.The compressor is weak.The compressor needs to be replaced.-------------- The working procedure of this unit is as follows: --- The compressor starts then it cools the freezer section. When the freezer reaches its cooling level the defrost cycle starts functioning. In this cycle the fan in the freezer section starts running and the cool air in the freezer section is passed to the fridge section and the fridge section gets cold. The air from freezer to refrigerator passes from the section, in that section the damper is located.------------ But as you mentioned that freezer not cooling this indicates problem with compressor.When compressor cools the freezer section then fridge section gets cold.If freezer section is not getting properly cold then fridge section will not cool properly/.So the problem relates to compressor.---------- In the compressor there is a refrigerant called FREON.With the help of this Freon the compressor cools the freezer section.Freon is a gaseous type cooling agent.The compressor will stop cooling when coolant gets leaked from its chamber.--------- Again recharging the Freon is possible, but the cost for that recharging is approx the cost of new compressor.So its always advisable to get compressor replaced.Because new compressor has warranty for few years.------------------ You can get required parts from from online sites like: --- www.repairclinic.com or from searspartsdirect online site. --------- This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.

Jul 08, 2011 | Whirlpool ET8WTKXK Top Freezer...

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The freezer is not freezing. Is cold only.


The problem which you mentioned is related to faulty/ weak compressor.--------- I will explain with more detail.------

The working procedure of this unit is as follows: --- The compressor starts then it cools the freezer section. When the freezer reaches its cooling level the defrost cycle starts functioning. In this cycle the fan in the freezer section starts running and the cool air in the freezer section is passed to the fridge section and the fridge section gets cold. The air from freezer to refrigerator passes from the section, in that section the damper is located.------------ But as you mentioned that freezer not cooling this indicates problem with compressor.When compressor cools the freezer section then fridge section gets cold.If freezer section is not getting properly cold then fridge section will not cool properly/.So the problem relates to compressor.---------- In the compressor there is a refrigerant called FREON.With the help of this Freon the compressor cools the freezer section.Freon is a gaseous type cooling agent.The compressor will stop cooling when coolant gets leaked from its chamber.--------- Again recharging the Freon is possible, but the cost for that recharging is approx the cost of new compressor.So its always advisable to get compressor replaced.Because new compressor has warranty for few years.------------------ You can get required parts from from online sites like: --- www.repairclinic.com or from searspartsdirect online site. --------- This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.

Jun 28, 2011 | Refrigerators

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I have a Turbo Air TGF-49F freezer and it is not cooling. The compressor unit seems to work but when I turn the unit on all I hear is the compressor running continuously but nothing gets cold.


Difficult for you to check this I'm afraid, if the fan on the cooling unit is working unless you have an experienced 'ear' you will not hear the compressor running or worse still occasionally clicking.
Possible faults are
1. Compressor not running (the fan will run even if the compressor does not) electrical fault
2. Compressor seized (consult your service guy) also true for the rest of these
3. Compressor not pumping
4. Refrigerant leak

Not much hope for a cheap repair

Apr 14, 2011 | Turboair 49 cu. ft. Upright Freezer...

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Compressor comes on occasionally wont run long enough to cool down..


your rtc overload on the compressor is getting weak and drops out and this shuts power off to unit and you need to replace it,its plugged into the side of the compressor located in the lower rear of the unit,simply unplug frige,access the compressor,remove retainer spring,unplug rtc overload and replace it

Jan 08, 2010 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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Doesn't cool as much as it should -- freezer, on


Does this model have a condenser fan that blows air over the condenser coil(coil on the bottom of the unit)? If it does then does the fan run?The fan has to circulate air over the coil to remove the heat from it. If the fan doesn't run then the compressor will overheat and cycle off then on on the internal thermal limit inside the compressor and the system will never come close to cooling as it should.

Nov 12, 2009 | Whirlpool 21.0 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

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I have a 1996 Suburban w/ rear a/c and I keep losing power to my a/c compressor. I can cycle the compressor on by hand if I use a power probe and go directly from a hot to compressor but I cant find why I...


AC systems have a pressure switch to prevent compressor from cycling when freon is low.if it's working occasionally,it most likely needs a 'booster shot' of freon.

Oct 14, 2009 | 1996 Chevrolet Suburban

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My 1997 Civics A/C compressor is cycling on and off repeatedly. When the clutch pulls in, the engine almost stalls. There is also an occasional chatter (clicking or growling sound) from the compressor...


First, what does the a/c feel like in the vehicle? Is it still blowing cold? Or is it cool/warm but never gets better as you drive?
With the sounds of growling or clicking, more than likely your clutch to the compressor is going out. when it does, you'll get all hot air, and the clutch to the compressor wont turn anymore. Also, with the a/c clutch cycling on/off repeadidly, also an indication that there may be a leak and you've lost coolant/freon. hope this helped!

Aug 14, 2009 | 1997 Honda Civic

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