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Bad start capacitor?

Is there an easy way to check the start capacitor? I smacked the compressor with 2x4 and a hammer a few times and nothing changed. I really appreciate the help.

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Hello !
You can look at the start capacitor for signs of leakage. Also check to see if it is getting hot.
If you can get a replacement that's the best way to confirm it being bad unless you have a capacitor tester.
I think you said the compressor was getting hot. If it is something is stopping it from starting. There is an overload device which is about 3/4 " thick and 1" in diameter which goes bad but if it is bad usually the compressor is dead - - - won't even try to run. The overload is located near the start capacitor.
If the condenser coils are clogged with lint- etc. the compressor will also get hot due to not enough air flowing over the coils. This also will cause you refrigerator to not get cold enough.
I really think you have a stuck compressor. I have been wrong before so it is best to check the cheapest things first. I hope this helps you !

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