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Fridge question Hello, fridge question, the power is on, lights work, I can hear the relay pull in and the compressor turn on, but it only stays on for a few seconds and turns off again. Of course neither the fridge or freezer are cooling. Any thoughts?

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Sounds like you mad have a bad relay or overload on the compressor. I would also check your condenser fan motor to make sure its running and blowing air on the compressor to cool it. If its not running the compressor may be overheating and shutting off on its overload. If the condenser fan motor is running I would assume that you would need a new relay and overload it will come in a kit. Usually it will make a clicking sound when the compressor is TRYING to start and then shuts off on its overload if the start components are bad.
Hope this helps _MJ_

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