Compressor starts and then stops.....I hear a clicking noise
I wish I had a dime for every time I heard the statement above made.
Before going into the issue we must first understand just what a compressor does and where it is located. The compressor is located (in most instances) on the lower backside of the unit. The side that is against the wall. It is behind either a cover made of cardboard or metal panel.
The compressor compresses the Freon to a gas which is then circulated through the evaporator coils
Which are located inside of your freezer section .
Note the over load and relay location on the picture above.
There are three components....relay/overload/and the capacitor. This subject here is for the relay and overload. They are 95% of the time responsible for the compressor not running. Without them, the compressor will try to start and at times will run for a short amount of time. The customers complaint is usually both my freezer and refrigerator are warm. They also state ,"I hear the compressor turning on but it will shut off after a minute or two" and " I also hear a clicking noise"
The clicking sound is coming from the relay. The contacts have broken inside and they are not allowing the compressor to start. Note the location of the relay and overload on the compressor. The compressor has three prongs pertruding from the side that the relay and overload are plugged into. Simply pull them off the compressor and shake them. If they are bad you will hear a rattle sound coming from them.
When ordering your new relay and overload you will need the complete model number to ensure the proper part. See my tips and how to's at the bottom of this procedure for the link to find your model number.Here are just a few styles of overloads and relays.
to find appliance model numbers
When trying to troubleshoot or purchasing
parts for your appliance the model number is the key to do