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Fridge keeps ticking when not running???

My fridge works fine but keeps making a clicking sound. I unplugged and cleaned out access panel and coils of hair and dust and plugged back in but still clicks. Any help would be greatlty appreciated. Kevin

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  • Kevin Hardy Aug 14, 2006

    Hey catriver- I noticed after opening up the freezer that everything is thawing. I went ahead and called a repair man to come out tomorrow morning. If you can think of anything before than, please let me know and thanks for all the help with this.


  • Kevin Hardy Aug 15, 2006

    Hey, i got home from work and read your post. I removed the cardboard access panel in back of the fridge and yeas, it seems to be coming from the white overload and relay. Is this something I can buy at any appliance store and if so how much do they usually cost??? Thanks again for all the help


  • Kevin Hardy Aug 15, 2006

    Turns out it was the relay but for some reason, nobody in michigan seems to have one so now its going to be 1-2 says before I can get one shipped to me. Its a good thing we just spend 400 bucks on food huh!!!




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My freezer have flasing lamps and it not freezing ,it had pulled of and after it it is not workig!!!

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Kevin, I'm going to give you a few scenerios to check out. The evaporator fan, inside the freezer will sometimes come in contact with ice and make this noise. Check your condensor fan, in back and make sure that is not hitting the shroud. If the overload on the compressor is tripping it will make a clicking sound, but it would be about every 4 to 5 minutes. If the unit goes into defrost, the evaportor coils tend to make a clicking sound. If you can be more specific as to where the noise is coming from, we might be able to help you back.

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    Ron Marek Aug 14, 2006

    Kevin, check to see if the fan is running in the freezer and if the compressor is running. Take off the lower back panel and look at the compressor, does it have a white overload and relay on it? This is the thing that mounts on the side of the compressor and starts it. If you are getting this click every 4 to 5 minutes and the compressor is not starting, this may be your problem. Part number 2225930. I have seen a lot of these white ones fail. back



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