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We bought this kenmore fridge in 2002, and it buzzes for about 15 seconds, then quits for about a minute.I'm sure its the compressor, but why all of a sudden, and is there any inexpensive fix?

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The buzz your hearing is the compressor NOT starting. You should hear a click after about 45 seconds and then silence. The click is the KLIXON thermal overload doing it's job of hopefully protecting the compressor windings.

There are a couple of things that can be causing your problem.

1. The PTC relay / KLIXON assy is no longer working normally (sometimes caused by a loose / hot contact)

2. The run Capacitor has failed

3. The bad news... the compressor rotor is locked and will not turn.

The relay and capacitor are a moderatly priced fix even if you have in home service.

If the compressor is locked and has to be replaced then your looking at a repair bill well upwards of $300.00 with the compressor, pre-oil for the system, labor and Freon / coolant.

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