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Fridge not cooling compressor works intermitently

The fridge coils are not frosted over inside the freezer compartment niether compartment is cool. the compressor seems to want to start but runs for maybe 5 secs. when i first noticed the compressor was warm to the touch. i have since unplug the fridge. i lost all the food, when we got home everything had defrosted an all the ice melted all over the floor!!!! Please help. Could this be the compressor relay??

High pitch noise started coming from the
back it lasts for a couple of minutes then clicks off does this every 20 minutes or so.

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    I have a side by side Ge 2005 Fridge that the freezer compartment when it runs the fan will run about 3 seconds then whine then shut off. run another 3 seconds whine and turn off. It has done this before about three months ago and finally after turning it down to 2 it stopped and worked allright. but now its doing it for the last 3 days I've tried everything unplugging emptying ice bin turning ice maker off. cleaned the coils nothing works, help

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If the compressor starts and runs for a few seconds it could be the relay. Or it could be the compressor itself has failed. When a compressor starts and runs for a short period it is possible that the relay contacts are arced together which would have both the start and run winding in the motor engaged at the same time for more than 3 seconds. This would result in the compressor tripping out on the thermal overload. It depends on what type of relay your compressor has. If it is a thermal relay, unplugging the refrigerator for about 15 minutes would allow the relay to cool off and reset.

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