Usually when a compresso that is not that old gets hot the problem is with one of 3 components
1. The PTC Relay PN P6R8MC
2. Thermal overload PN 265RFBYY
one of many sources: http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=t-265RFBYY-%3d%3di1206539&PartID=1206539
3. Loose wiring or terminals
4. Worst case the compressor itself (5 Year carry in warranty!)
Items 1 and 2 above should be changed at the same time. Usually when one fails it causes the 2nd one to fail.
Before you go ordering parts.. just unplug the unit for about 45 minutes. Sometimes if there is a brief power outtage (less than 3 mins) the unit stops and the coolant has not equalized. The compressor keeps trying to start keeping the pressure up but yet the compressor does not start normally. The compressor gets hot and the thermal overload causes the unit to cycle on about every 5 minutes. Over an extended time of cycling the thermal overload will fail. After 45 minutes plug the unit in and see if it starts
If you change the PTC Relay you must change the KliXon thermal overload at the same time. Most LOCAL Appliance part supply stores will have both of these parts in stock. Use the part numbers above and walk in with the parts in hand.
IF you decide to change them your self FIRST make yourself a simple wiring diagram
I.e Orange to terminal ___
Blue to terminal ____
Then remove the parts by opening the plastic cover on the side of the compressor and then pull off the PTC and Thermal overload HORIZONTALLY. Obtain the replacement parts and reintall after inspecting the compressor terminals. Clean as necessary by scraping with a knife blade.
If after changing these two parts the compressor still does not start you may very well have a warranty carry in service compressor change. I seriously doubt that the compressor has failed but it does rarely happen.
This is the Magic Chef support website for parts (linked page) and warranty (top of linked page)
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