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Compressor Does Not Seem to Start

My Sanyo BC-1206 is plugged into a normal wall socket and I can hear a periodic click (which I assume means electricity is flowing to the machine), but I never hear the compressor kick on. The fridge stays kind of warm as well. Is there something I can do to see why the compressor never kicks on?

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  • rtcolo Feb 20, 2009

    chack for light to confirm power.... It sounds like your compressor relay.....



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Feel the compressor. if warm then it is being powered up and symptoms point to a compressor fault. it is also possible that the compressor start device is faulty. remove cover over compressor electrics and check for any distressed componants

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