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First gathered water at the bottom, thought that is was due to something touching the back. Stopped fridge, cleaned it, started it again. Light on but no familiar noice of the engine starting again. Engine felt warm, but no cooling inside the box. Motor or thermostat out of order? Modell s28STRP3, 90W, volume 247 l/21 l Any suggestion on how to spot which part is failing?

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Don't know the model/brand off the top of my head...

But: If the compressor is warm/hot, but nothing is happening, I ask this:
Even if the fridge is not cooling, is the compressor running, or dead silent?
If silent, but warm, do you hear a "Click" every so often ? Maybe 3 to 5 minutes apart, followed shortly by a 2nd click ?
If so, most likely the compressor has seized, and this is the over-current trip acting (thermal, so it needs time to cool).
Big problem if it is the compressor (expensive).

The only other thing that might cause a similar occurrence, would be if the compressor has a Start capacitor. If this has died, the compressor will not turn - just sit there getting warmer, as the over-current trip acts.

If it was a dead thermostat, the compressor wouldn't get power, and would be cold.

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