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OVERHEATING COMPRESSOR My Kenmore side by side compressor keeps overheating. When I unplug the unit for a few days it will work again, but then overheats and stops cooling. The middle seperator between the freezer and the fridge is hot to the touch. (very hot). The fan underneath never shuts off. I am not sure why it is over heating.

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You can check its starting components. it could be a bad capacitor or a bad start relay. if the compressor starts from cold, it could start right away but as it heats up, it should be able to start also, since after running for a few hours, the compressor will really get hot, it would stop at defrost cycle and re start again after about 30 mins. since it is still hot, if it has a defective starting components, it can not start and that is the time it would overheat.

in any case that the starting components are all ok, then you have a partially burnt compressor. it would run while cold and can not run when hot because the resistance of the wires changes as it gets hot. with this kind of problem, you need to replace the compressor. as you have said, the fan at the condenser is running. if the fan at the condenser is not running, that is also a cause for the compressor to overheats. i hope i was able to help...

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