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White-Westinghouse side by side refrigerator, 30 years old....Recently we noticed that if the compressor was off and we open and closed the refrigerator door. the compressor would try to come on only with a kind of chattering/clicking noise and then no absolute quiet for for a minute or so, then a repeat of the noise. Suspect either was the auto circuit breaker or the contactor was having an issue. Eventually the compressor comes on and it cools as expected.

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Hi,

Before we proceed, most of the brands have 5 years warranty on compressors.This is really common problem with refrigerator and more often indicates a faulty compressor or relay.

This is not an issue with defrost components or temp. control .If you have experience in repairing appliances, could take all precautions necessary and use multimeter - You could do a continuity check on compressor motor and all combination's. An infinity value on multimeter would confirm bad compressor.

On the side of the compressor you will see a box (maybe a cover) remove the cover if it has one and then remove the wire harness. next you will see the relay with the capacitor mounted to it. give the relay a tug and pull it off the side of the compressor. once you have it off pull the capacitor off and then give the relay a shake. If it rattles the relay is bad. if the relay does not rattle the compressor is bad and you will need to call a service guy to replace the compressor.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

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Posted on Aug 19, 2010

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