Question about Refrigerators
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
the clicking is the motor start relay . this needs to be replaced . if compressor is ok it will start / if unit is older it may have a bad compressor and will not start up . most units will start up . you can also use a hard start kit . appliance parts dist have these . hope this helps **** .
Posted on Mar 26, 2010
SOURCE: not cold
If the compressor seems to be cycling as normal,
either the system needs recharged or the temperature controller has failed. If
the compressor is running at all, it is probably OK.
Diagnosing it remotely is only guess-work, I recommend (if in the US) that you check with the local BBB for a trustworthy service company to assess your unit.
If a recharge is needed, this is not a DIY job since it requires opening a sealed system and soldering it shut after the coolant is at the proper pressure.
Replacing the temp controller might be possible but better done by a pro since the location of the sensor tip may not be easy to find.
Another (albeit less likely) is the failure of the defrost timer which could keep the heater on while trying to cool.
The timer is often located behind the lower trim grill and should be a small box with connections.
Some have a slotted shaft protruding from the case that can be turned with a common screwdriver.
Checking the switch contacts inside can be done by waiting until you hear the compressor running and then slowly turning the shaft until the compressor shuts off again; this would represent the defrost cycle.
If you advance the shaft another 1/4 turn and leave it there, after the compressor stabilizes again, it should turn on.
Mark the position of the timer shaft and then recheck a couple of hours later.
If its shaft has turned, the timer is probably OK.
They typically have either a 24 or 48 hours cycle so the shaft movement isn't easy to detect over a few minutes time.
Posted on Apr 22, 2010
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