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Doesn't sound like anything is running. Is compressor shot? Unplugged the unit for a couple minutes and plugged back in, but nothing seems to be running. All the lights work , but no blower, no compressor sounds at all. There is frost on the inside back of the freezer unit. A defrost timer was replaced last summer. any ideas? new Compressor? new Relay????? thanks

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Hi,

Many times a freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong.


If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor

Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay


Refrigerator or Freezer not Cooling or Getting Cold

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