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Hello there, I have a GE model GSH 25 JF side by side fridge. I believe it's a 2005 model. The Freezer and Fridge are running, but neiher is cool at all. There is a clicking noise happening about every second and when it clicks, the light goes dim. I went to the back of the fridge and it is coming from a (looks like a mother board) behind a metal panel. The fridge has been in the garage and it does get 120 plus degrees in my garage in the summer. Thanks, Gary

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  • boerboy Sep 14, 2010

    Thanks for the reply. I will check it out and see if that's what it is.

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There is a box welded to the side of the compressor. If you pry off the cover you will see two parts. The top part is called the overload; this is the one doing the clicking. Underneath the overload is the relay which is the part that temporarily energyzes the "start winding" long enough to get the compressor going. Ovbiously the relay is old and fails to energize the start winding; that in turn causes the "overload" to cut off the power (click) because it got hot. Then when it cools off it sends power back to the relay and tries again (click). What you need is a new relay. It is of course possible that the compressor is "stuck" which would cause the same clicking sound, but I am willing to bet that a new relay will get you going again. By the way, both parts are easily pulled off the compressor; first the relay (you can leave the overload) and then push on the new relay. The replacement relay might have more terminals than the original; be sure you connect the wire(s) at the same LOCATION.

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Sounds like you have a starter problem. There is a part on the compressor used to start up. It should be if I remember correctly a capacitor near or on the motor. When the light dims it is trying to start up but failing.

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