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Clicking sound when frig compressor starts

The refrigerator is working, (freezing/cooling) but ther is a clicking sound when it kicks in!! Whats the potenial problem before theres a major problem?? Its a kenmore Elite, model number 50793002 / side by side

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  • balataboy May 07, 2008

    every 2 minutes the click happens to indicate the cycle, but the fan or motor does not appear to engage, so this continues every 2 minutes non-stop... what to do?

  • Wes Rackley May 11, 2010

    How many and how far apart are the sounds. It could be the start relay or something loose obstructing the condenser fan blade. Where does the sound seem to be coming from?

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Replace the motor relay

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