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The compressor keeps trying to start but then clicks off.  It is the compressor with the little blue Indian head on the label.  I am quite handy, I have found the compressor for $142 at Sears parts, Is it something I can install myself?

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That is a Tecumseh compressor and refrigerators are very tricky when it comes to installing a new compressor. It will need a new liquid drier and silver soldered in a tight place. Then the system will need to be put in a absolute vacuum for about 1 hour. The freon will have to be weighed and charged into the refrigerator very carefully as it take only a few ounce's of freon. Too much or too little or just a tiny bubble of outside air will cause the refrigerator not to work. The fact that the old compressor needs removed also raises the question of if the original was a burn out. If it was a burn out then the type of oil the new compressor and the old will need to be considered to determine if more things, like acid neutralizer or filter driers will be needed to insure proper installation. Hope I have helped you, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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