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Cond. fan replaced

I replaced the condenser fan motor with the 833697 old style instead of the newer ECM type factory installed and it's working fine. I now have a problem with the compressor not coming on. I hear a click and slight hum as if it's trying to come on then another click about 5 seconds later and the hum stops. Is it possible a relay or cap. was damaged from the extra heat when the fan was not running? Where should I start? (Whirlpool GS6SHEXNT00)

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It is very possible that some damage may have been incuured when the fan failed. You can try replacing the compressor gardette and/or the capcitor. Other than that, it may have overheated the compressor and manifested in an internal failure. Follow the link below for parts information.

http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SmartSearch.aspx

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