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Squeals heard from my fridge compressor

I have a National 2 Door refrigerator. I got the old compressor replaced three years back. Until today i.e. 14th June 2010 it was working okay except with intermittent loud ''plonks & clonks'' as if a pressurized bubble is bursting in oil. Suddenly today I heard a loud squeal as if a rodent or a small puppy squeals and yelps in distress. I went nearer to the fridge and tried to determine the sound source & confirmed that it was the compressor. I also deciphered that the sound seemed to me like a motor jamming up in its flange and collar portion and trying to turn with great effort. I immediately switched it off. After some time I switched it back on and the squeals were there but much less. I repeated the switch off & on 3 to 4 times and then the squeal simply vanished. and the compressor - to my surprise - ran quieter than these three years. (I can say that it is running as I touched it to feel the running motor's vibrations).
But what baffles me most is the squeals. Please could anyone tell me as to why the squeals emitted from the compressor?

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Hi there,
what you thought of the sound is correct. the compressor might have gotten a little rusty after running 24hrs. if turning it off helps then do so but make sure you have everything important removed from inside the fridge. solving this problem can only be done by a repairguy as it has to be opened up.

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