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Both sides of unit is warm. There is a sound as if the compressor is coming on (for about 10 secs) and then a click. several times , but not back to back. there is some time between. I feel like it may be the overload/relay on the compressor

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  • chrisgp Jan 29, 2008

    took off relay and it sounds like it has rocks in it, by shaking gently



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It sounds like your compressor is having trouble starting, and over heating. this could be one of the following

  1. start relay is bad
  2. run capacitor is bad
  3. compressor run/start winding burned out
Try unplugging the unit for a few hours to let the compressor cool down. Then plug it back in and see if the compressor starts. If it starts after it has cooled down, then it is likely out or low on refrigerant. If its low or out of refrigerant it will run until it over heats, then kick out on thermal overload. This is because there is not enough cold refrigerant being pulled back into the compressor to keep it cool.

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    Daniel Phillips Jan 29, 2008

    It sounds like you need new start components. I would first replace the relay you said that sounds like it has rocks in it. There is no reason it should sound like that.


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I agree with the above, but it may simply be that the compressor is faulty, and overheating even with enough freon, and thus locking up when it gets warm enough. The loud buzzing you hear is the relay trying to get the compressor to start, but most of the time it won't. When it doesn't run, the refrigerator and freezer, denied of the cooling the compressed freon supplies, warms up. Get your compressor or relays checked. Also make sure the coils are clean and free of obstructions so they can get rid of the heat they need to throw off.

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