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Freezer runs for 2 seconds then stops, and runs this cycle.

I have an upright Gibson freezer. When we moved into our new place, the polarity on the 110 outlet was backwards and appeared to burn out the freezer. However, when I plugged the freezer into another outlet that was fine, the freezer runs for about 2 seconds then turns off. Then it waits for about 30 seconds and runs for 2 seconds and shuts off.

We let it sit for about a year. Today I pulled it away from the wall and plugged it in and it ran for about 5 minutes, I unplugged it, put it back against the wall and it started doing the 2 second thing again. Does the freezer have to be perfectly level for it to run correctly?? This the only thing I can think of. Unless the defective outlet burned something out. But then I would think it wouldn't run at all in that case. Any suggestions???

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    David Dickinson Feb 06, 2010

    What do these devices run in cost? (overload device, start relay). We only paid $75 for the freezer on Craigslist. We may be able to get another one around the same price.

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Good day,
The shut off is due to the protective overload mounted on the side of the compressor to shut it down, if it can't start.
On the side of the compressor is a cover box that contains the overload device, a start relay, and on some models, a start/run capacitor.
These items can to a degree tested with an ohm meter, but it is wiser to take them to an appliance parts house for testing.
If any are found defective, replace them. If not, the compressor has failed internally and needs to be replaced. Close to $400.00 if not more.

Posted on Feb 06, 2010

  • John Hall Feb 07, 2010

    The parts could come in for less, but in my opinion you might be dealing with a can of worms.
    Start components do fail, many times on their own. But, in other cases the components might have failed because the compressor shorted them out.
    Many times, a refrigerator or freezer that sets for a year can develop freon leaks. This is something you cannot test for and would not know until you replaced the start components.
    With the potential for complications such as this, and with only $75.00 invested, my best suggestion is replace the machine.
    But of course, that is your decision.
    In either case,
    Good luck..


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