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Ive got a refrigerator ,about 9 cf . therm is good but compressor wont go .i hear the click of therm protector . could the starter be out ? or would it be the compressor ??

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Generally it is the compressor. The thermo disk overload protector is cutting off the circuit due to excess current draw.

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Part 2 when it tries to start i hear a click coming from the overload-start capacitor side of compressor. fan is working.

check the capacitor overload protector and starting relay if they are all good, if one of them is found not functioning replace it. with new accessory installed , plug in the unit. if still you hear a click and compressor don't start , replace it . before you start anything on the unit be sure you know what you're doing. if in doubt call the experts.thanks,

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The starter on the compressor burned up and also where you plug it into the compressor .do i have to replace the whole compressor? it a Frigidaire side by side model number FRS6LR5E83. i bought a new...

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If it's clicking on and off like you say, replace the compressor start relay device and overload protector. These are located directly on the side of the compressor, usually contained within a dark plastic cover.

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I hope you have not ruined the compressor by now. Your original problem was that your compressor start relay assembly was bad. The click noise you were hearing was the overload protector preventing damage to the compressor. When you bypassed this relay and overload protector you may have burned the windings of your compressor. You would need a compressor tester or you will need to put a good relay overload assembly on to see if the compressor is usable now. If the compressor is destroyed the repair bill could run from about $350.00 to $700.00 depending on model and technicians labor charge.
I hope I have helped, supertechks

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i guess you can ohm it out witha meter( exact specs idont know) can you hear it clicking on/off??, generally i remove it from compressor and if its faulty it shake and sound busted. might be bad compreesot that coaused that (which should be covered under 5 yr manu. warr) adnthat comes with new overload protector

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You didn't mention it, but I'll bet there's a "humm" followed by a "click" noise coming from the back of the fridge. Even if you don't hear the noise, the starter on the compressor has failed. One of two things cause this... 1.) A mechanically failed starter. 2.) A seized compressor. If it's the starter only, you are in good shape. If it's #2 and the unit is less than 5 years old, it'll be a warranty claim. If the unit is less than 5 years old... do not attempt the repair yourself. Because, if you do and find the compressor locked up, you have voided your warranty and they will not repair for free. If it's over 5? Install a starter. We need the FULL model number off of your fridge to provide steps on this. It's located on a data tag affixed to the inner fresh food section lining. Most likely near the top on the right. Please post back with these numbers if you require further assistance.

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