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Freezer The compressor in my freezer tries to turn on but only stays on for about a minute then shuts off. What is wrong?

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Chances are you have a bead compressor, you can try to replace the starting device (overload relay assy). mounted to side of the compressor, usually about 50-100 bucks. sometimes it works sometimes nada!! and for how long it will work no one can tell. check you manual and see when oyu purchased, most refrigs came with 5 year coverage on compressor assy, costly repair w/o warr

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the fridge as it reaches it's temperature shuts the compressor off and then after a few minutes..the fridge would increase temperature again and would turn back the compressor again.

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If the compressor tries to go on every two minutes, then the relay is functioning.

1. If the compressor has failed, it might be getting hot and tripping the thermal overload to shut itself down. It will cycle like you say and will be unable to cool the fridge.

2.It's also possible that you have lost refrigerant from the system. When the compressor goes on, the pressure drops below a threshold value. The system sees that there is not enough pressure, and shuts down. Once the pressure rebuilds, it tries again.

3. If the fins in the rear of the fridge are clogged with dust/debris, the system will not be efficient enough to cool. I doubt this is the case as the compressor would generally just stay on for a long time... longer than 2 minutes.

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