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Overload Protector How do you check the overload protector on a Kenmore refrigerator/freezer?

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I guess you can ohm it out witha meter( exact specs idont know) can you hear it clicking on/off??, generally i remove it from compressor and if its faulty it shake and sound busted. might be bad compreesot that coaused that (which should be covered under 5 yr manu. warr) adnthat comes with new overload protector

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