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Whirlpool gold refrigerator compressor clicks on for about 5 seconds then back off. The fan next to it was blocked when I opened the access panel. Unblocked it and it 3 hours ago and still has the the problem.

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It's either the compressor start relay/ overload, or the compressor itself. If the fan wasn't running, the compressor would have got very hot and potentially damaged it. Sometimes you can tell if it's just the relay by taking it off and shaking it. If you can hear peices rattling around, it's a bad relay. If not you'll need to check the compressor. When you take the relay off, you'll see 3 pins. Use an ohm meter to make 3 readings. One will check the start winding, one the run winding and the third will check both. All 3 should be between 3 and 13 ohms. If any read infinite you've got a bad compressor. Then check each of the 3 pins to ground. If you read anything other than infinite you've got a bad compressor. Even if the readings are ok, you could still have a locked up compressor. You'll have to put on a new relay and if it still won't run you'll need a new compressor.

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