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Compressor Relay


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#1 Lurker_Steveb_*

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 11:18 AM

I recently noticed that my refrig (Kenmore 50593003) is making a clicking sound every 10 to 30 seconds.  Upon closer inspection the relay on the side of the compressor clicks on, you can "hear" it drawing a load because the condensor fan slows some and the the compressor doesn't start.  This lasts for about 5 or so seconds when it click again and the fan speeds up. 

What do you think?

Thanks, Steve


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Posted 08 May 2005 - 11:38 AM

sounds as if your compressor is having trouble starting up,please ensure that the condensor coils underneath are cleaned and free from dust,lint,pet hair etc. as this restriction could be causing excessive heat in the compressor area. worst case scenario is that you have a failing compressor which may or may not still have warranty depending on the age of the refrigerator.:?
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Posted 08 May 2005 - 12:18 PM

The compressor start relay is fried.  Unplug your fridge right now because each time you hear it go hummmmm...CLICK, you're burning insulation off the compressor motor start winding which will eventually result in compressor failure.  Changing the relay is a cake-walk and inexpensive; changing a compressor is a beeotch and may be prohibitively expensive.




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