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Found water under mini frig compressor clicks on then shuts off after 20 seconds do you think compresser is bad

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Came home to find water on floor ,opened freezer to find its not working fans on no cool air , checked frig side same problem , i could here it kick on buzzes for a second and shuts off , so it seem like...


The clicking could be the start relay.If the start relay is bad, the compressor will not start and you will hear a clicking noise in 2-5 minute intervals. The clicking noise is the overload cutting the compressor off when it overheats from trying to start with a bad start relay. To find out if this is bad first unplug the refrigerator. Remove the lower cover from your refrigerator. Then take the cover off that is on the side of the compressor,you will see wires going to this. Now you should be able to see the start relay plugged on to the side of the compressor and unplug it. Now the best way to tell if it's bad is to shake it. If it rattles, it's bad and needs to be replaced. If not, most of the time it's ok. But rather than saying the compressors bad, you might want to replace it anyways because it does not cost much. A quick check on the compressor is to remove the start relay. You will see 3 pins connect a multi meter set for continuity. You should have continuity between any of the 3 pins. If you do not the compressor is bad. Also check from each pin to a good ground on the cabinet. There should be no continuity if there is the compressor is bad. If you replace it and it doesn't work then the compressor is bad and you'll need to call a repairman. (Note that compressors are very costly and are normally not worth fixing).You can enter your model # at http://appliancehelponline.com/referclicking.html for diagrams and illustrations or to purchase a start relay. A 3 in 1 start relay will also work fine. All parts come with installation instructions. Not all models are available.

Dec 09, 2010 | Whirlpool GS5SHAXN Side by Side...

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Frig 2 weeks old and today when the frig starts to run it clicks every 20 seconds until the compressor stops.Should I have someone look at it?


Since it's still under warranty you should. It sounds like either the starter/relay is going bad or more serious the compressor may have a problem.

Dec 17, 2009 | Maytag 25.6 cu. ft. Wide-By-Side...

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Neither freezer or frig is working each has its own compressor.


No Colin,

It has two evaporators with one compressor. Your thinking, or was told by the Sales Staff "Its like a Sub Zero" Right?

Sorry for the confussion Brother! I get that alot.

Your problem and symtoms sound like a auto defrost malfunction if you can hear the compressor running.

OR if Compressor is not running and you hear a periodic "Hum followed by a CLICK" at the compressor. Replace the PTC Start Relay on the side of the compressor.

You tempertures have increased to the point that the electronic display is giving you the "ME DEAD" ME CLOSE MY EYES NOW!

If you unplug the frig or shut down power to the frig. The PCB will return with "Set Temp" then show current temp!
Compressor should start in 5 min. If so wait to see if the reading start to come down to normal. FZ=0 RF=37
Problem maybe Main PCB

If after several hours and NO reduction in readings, UNPLUG the Frig
to totally defrost itself for several days ( what's a couple more days)
YES A COUPLE OF DAYS, THE EVAPORATORS ARE INCASED IN STYROFOAM a well know insulator> Watch for icewater draining into the "Non-Removable" Drip pan under the compressor in the back. Remove the rear cover to expose and suction water out with a baster or wet vac on occasion. If you get a full pan of water> YEP Defrost Malfunction.

You can plug the frig back in after water stops dripping. Watch your display it will almost immediately start dropping in readings.

The Frig will work again for how long it takes to ice over again. I say 1 -2 weeks depending on humidity and how it takes you to make up your mind on what you want to eat?

Since the resolution and repair is so difficult I RECOMMED CALLING:
1-800-SAMSUNG and schedule a visit.
Why you say?

Well if the Compressor went bad and is less than 5 years old,>IT"S UNDER WARRANTY.

IF the Ref Side Evaporator Heater is Shorted It's a Evaporator Replacement (Heater not available seperate) > WARRANTY AGAIN.

So, Looking at the post date, You must of had it repaired by now?

What was it?

Hope this helps!

Seen It B4
Your Welcome


Dec 04, 2009 | Samsung RS2578BB Side by Side Refrigerator

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The fridg has a pool of water under the front door that keeps appearing even after we wipe it up. It has suddenly appeared today. It is a Silhouette 442 Frost Free model.


check drip pan under frig.remove ft bottom of frig under door/ck drip tray?full? old frig?-time to buy new one.could be working to hard(age,compressor going bad)will cause frig to sweat.producing water under it.hope this helps.:)

Nov 24, 2009 | Lands Phones

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I have a refrigerator the makes a rather loud banging noise when the motor cycles off. Any suggestions to troubleshoot this?


your compressor is shutting down hard, either the compressor is bad, running tight. or the condencer coils under your frig are verry dirty not passing air. making the compressor run hot. Give it a good cleaning, if no help , you have a bad compressor. It could run like that for years or days.

Nov 21, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Small frig stopped


are you sure the compressor is running or is it just humming trying to start then clicking out on the overload, if so you have a 50\50 shot of the relay being bad, otherwise the compressor is shot

Jul 07, 2009 | GE Profile PSW26P Stainless Steel Side by...

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Clicking noise with my GE GSS22WGP


Your PTC relay is bad it protects the compressor from over heating and overloading. You need to replace it.

First be sure to unplug frig. Remove the cardboard cover that covers most backs of the frig units. Remove the plastic cover that is on the side of compressor. It is held on with a metal clip. Now you should be able to see the relay pry the relay straight off. note the wiring and position of relay. Only three prongs on compressor. Go to a parts house for appliance's and with your make and model number should be able to get a new one. Let me know if you need any more help. ken

Mar 04, 2009 | GE Profile Arctica 25.4 Cubic Feet...

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$400 Whirlpool frig -- not come on.


compressor issue either the relay is bad or the compressor, if less tahn a year old it is under warranty

Apr 06, 2008 | Whirlpool ER6AHKXPQ Top Freezer...

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Motor clicks on for a second then clicks off


Sound like a bad thermostat, otherwise it is a sick puppy. I clean mine with compressed air, or a shop vacuum on 'blow'

Nov 28, 2007 | Samsung RB215LASH

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