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Compressor starts, then stops

Hi the freezer and fridge insides warmed up a bunch. I unplugged it for a few days. Now, when plugged in, its clicks, the compressor starts, but then stops a few second later. About 30 sec to a minute later it repeats that on/off behavior. Thank you for any assistance.

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  • bigbooman Apr 26, 2008

    Hi, thank you for the fast reply. Nothing on top of compressor (except dust), no visible leaks nor nearby heat source. Electric unit, not gas, Whirlpool side-by-side and compressor is Embraco. I am an engineer, but not a technician. The compressor connections look like they need some expertise, but does the starter? Thank you again.

  • bigbooman Apr 30, 2008

    Hi again. It only runs for 5 - 8 seconds, then about 45 seconds in between. I did not feel it warming at all, but I only ran for a few on/off cycles and 5 - 8 seconds out of 50 may not be a large enough fraction to warm it up noticably. It keeps repeating the ~50 second total on/off cycle as far as I know.

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Hi, this problem will be with either the starter for the compressor or could actually be the compresser itself. Both of these can be replaced but it is not something any one should do unless they have done this before and know what they are doing.

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  • paul proctor Apr 25, 2008

    Hi again, could you please check nothing has fallen onto the compressor causing it to over heat and make sure it's not near a heat source, also check if there has been any leaks coming from the back incase a pipe has frozen over and defrosted as this would point to the compressor been at fault.

  • paul proctor Apr 26, 2008

    The problem is some of the starters are sealed and have to be replaced as an whole as i have not worked on your exact make and model i wouldnt want to tell you its not sealed and find it is.
    The chances are that as the compressor starts and works for a short time then the chances are the compressor should be fine.
    I would then look at getting the starter replaced as this is most likely the cause of the problem.
    Could you just check this for me when its been off for a while then you switch it back on and you say it runs for 30 sec to a minute after its has cut off again touch the compressor and check the temp if its faulty then it will get hot quick, usually they run just about room temp so check this and get back to me ok.

    Also when its been off for a while then you say you switch it on and it runs for about a minute after it then cut off does it at any time come back on say 20minutes later or so or does it stay off and not cut back on at all, let me know ok.

    If after it cuts out leave it on for a bit and then check temp of the compressor if its hot then this needs replacing ok.

    Hope this is some help to you.

  • paul proctor May 01, 2008

    Hi sorry its been a while but it sounds like the starter but you best get someone to test it for you as it could be the temp sensor but this is not that likely as they usually run all the time or not at all if the temp sensor is up the shoot.
    If it hasnt been banged around then i would get the starter tested and then replaced

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