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Re: HOTPOINT FRIG COMPRESSOR
Yes it is normal for them to run hot, a lot depends on the ambient temp.
If it is working normally then you have no worries, but if it is running continuously , then there is a problem with it.
Make there is adequate ventilation, and that the thermostat is set correctly.
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Good day, It is normal for a compressor to run hotter than normal when it is going thru it's pull down cycle. One, it is working harder than normal since the interior is still warmer than normal. As well, at the beginning, since the machine is trying to get to normal temps as well as cooling the walls, it will run excessively if not all the time. Waiting 48 hours would be prudent to make a judgement call. The compressor should be warm, but since by then it should be shutting off and on it will tend overall to be cooler. If it reaches normal operating temperatures and cycles off and on, I wouldn't worry about it.
Unplug. Then feel the compressor by hand. Is the shell really hot? go get some ice and cool it off or leave unplug for a day. after cool off re-plug to see if compressor kicks back on. if it does make sure it is clean inderneath otherwaise it will do the same thing. if it does the same thing (within 24-48 hours) plan B. Replace the relay on the compressor (like $10-20 bucks at appliance part store or get it from sears. That should do the trick. Make sure it is clean underneath (if it is dirty thats probably what caused the problem) if you replace the relay and still doesnt work then you need a new compressor. if you paid a lot (over a $1000) then it will be worth fixing it. (its gonna cost between $300 - 500 to fix) make sure you get a written warranty most importand at least 5 yrs.
But if you frig has alot of wear and tear and not worth alot then toss in garbage. just to take a look at a frig that does have a bad compressor is like $80 and thats ridiculous ( i only charge $35 and people still complain, oh but you didnt do nothing though...come mon!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! ok i am alright...
hope i was helpful (you owe me $35 jk)
First take the grill off at the bottom under the doors look at the grate under the frig That is your condenser it will probably be covered in dust clean it off the see if you can fill air blowing under the frig there is a fan under there that keeps that coil cool and it runs around the door to keep condensation from build around the doors if no air is blowing take the back panel behind the Frig and there should be a fan running if the compressor is running this will also cause the compressor to over heat and will not cool as well but it might just need to be cleaned Good luck
This sounds like the compressor is bad. The clicking sound is the start relay trying to start the compressor and cannot. You stated that it was only four years old. Check the warranty for your frig. Most carry a five year warranty on the compressor.
May be a problem related to the compressor. Click may be the overload protector on the compressor tripping. If it is a problem with the compressor it should be covered by warranty if it is only three years old.