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The freezer keeps thawing and temp will go up to 30 degrees or higher. This has been happening for several weeks. Now refrigerator temp also going up and got up to 54 degrees last night. There is a "clicking sound" with the compressor starting up and going out within a few seconds - possibly a relay switch?

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Sounds like compressor failure....most times its cheaper to replace fridge....sorry.

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