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Cooling fan not working to cool coils

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As an alternative to Solution #1, it could be that the compressor is working but there is insufficient refrigerant gas in the system due to a leak. If the compressor is hot and quiet then it is most likely siezed up as suggested in #1, but if it is purring or vibrating gently and running continuously then there could be a refrigerant leak.

I have in the past got my fridge running again by turning off the power until the compressor had cooled down and then switching it on and off a few times until I heard it purring.

Just once, as a last resort before taking it to the recycling centre, I gave the compressor a horizontal tap with my right hand and that restarted it for a while.

Does any of this help? If not, please ask again with any other details you can think of. Thanks.

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Thats the sign of a bad compressor.

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If the compressor cuts out again, as you have described, trhen it is more than likely that the compressor has failed and needs replacing.
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compressor itself
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so either the compressor is pulling too many amps (bad compressor) or the start switch is bad and cannot handle the amps required to start the compressor.

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so either the compressor is pulling too many amps 
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it sounds like a bad: 
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so either the compressor is pulling too many amps (bad compressor) or the start switch is bad and cannot handle the amps required to start the compressor.

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