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Amana side by side refrig intermittent compressor overtemp tripping out

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Runs fine for several days then for no apparent reason the compressors buzzes for 16 seconds then clicks and is quiet for a couple of minutes with the evap fan still running.   It will do this over and over until I unplug it and let it cool for several hours then it starts up and acts normal. 

I have cleaned the coils and replaced the cap/relay on the side of the compressor with no change in symptoms.

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Sounds like the compressor is running to much. Check those door gaskets and the temperature control (if it's set at 5 turn it down until it clicks, if no click until you turn it off you might want to check that) but Amana refrigerators are known for bad gaskets usually bottom corner hinge side and completely across the bottom. Good Luck I hope it;s as simple as that:)

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:? Boy do I feel stupid, when I said I had replaced the cap/relay this was not entirely true.  After looking again at the part I realized that I had only replaced the cap and not the overload relay.  The base that the cap plugs into is actually the overload relay.  I thought it was just a plastic base that held the cap to the compressor.  The whole thing came in the box I had bought at the local supply store and I just unplugged the cap and plugged it into the old base (overload relay).  Well I changed out the entire unit and it seems to be working fine again (keeping my fingers crossed)

If anybody can understand what I did maybe they can learn something too.  Also thanks to Fatman for the additional advice as this is something else to check and keep in mind.

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Well it worked for a while but this am it is tripping out again.   The door seals are fine it does not seem to run excessively.  Maybe I'll have to call for service but its hard to fix an intermittent problem.

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Just for grins;) What else is on the same line as the refrigerator? Like maybe the micro-wave, oven ,dishwasher, freezer etc.etc. Go turn off the breaker for the refrigerator and then see how many things in your home won't turn on. Just a thought, Hhmmmm

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You need to think about the possibility you have a compressor going down....or high head pressure building inside of the sealed system, causing the compressor to overheat and trip on the overload..I believe you will be either doing a sealed system repair or replacing this frig., Amana brand is famous for this. Need to see what part of this is still under warranty, if any.

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Mr Samurai Sir now the patient is in critical condition, almost flat lined, faint pulse when plugged in, water on floor, temperature same as room, possible major organ transplant needed, I think it's close to terminal.   It won't start just buzzes no matter how long I leave it off.  Fridge is totally out of commission.

I checked out the wall plug circuit and the only thing that gets used on the same circuit is a toaster.  Using a volt meter the voltage is 118v when the fridge is buzzing and 119v when its not.

Using an amprobe I get 9amps when the fridge is buzzing and .1 after it trips out.  Also I get 8.9 ohms between the two pins that are side by side and between the top pin and a bottom pin I get 3.9 ohms.  and no continuity between the pins and the copper lines.  I kind of think that maybe its a compressor bearing gone bad but it did not make any unusual noises.

It appears that the compressor  and sealed parts are under warranty (2 1/2 years old) and I have scheduled service and the earliest that they can come is next wednesday.

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Well it was a bad compressor and still under warranty but now several weeks later I noticed that the fridge runs almost continously, I have adjusted the temps and it seems to keep the freezer between 0 and 15 degrees depending on where the stat is set and keeps the cooler between 35 and 40.  I called the repairman back and he is going to come and put in a temp recorder in a few days but I would like to repair this myself as the compressor was the only part under warranty. 

Could this be the thermostat, as currently I have it set very low (meaning the temp should be high inside the refrig) but it still runs all the time and keeps the freezer about 10 to 15 degrees.

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Sounds like could be an undercharge, let the tech check the sealed system...

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You are right again, the tech came out and added about a half ounce of refrigerant and left a temp recorder probe inside the freezer and the fridge.  It now turns off when it reaches set point.   He left the temp dials in the fridge in the normal setting but this appears to be too cold.  I will leave everthing just like he left it so the temp recorders will tell him the story.

Thank you

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Cool, two in a row....perhaps I should start my own business...wait...I already own my own business....glad we are on the right track with your frig.....:cool:

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have a 10 yr old sears side by side. Coil in back of the freezer froze solid wk and half ago. I unplugged it, cleaned coils under unit, then plugged back in. worked great til last night refrig went up to 55 and freezer to 30. sure enought frozen solid again. Any quick easy thoughts to save from buying new or is it time

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Without better model info, can't say much but the normal stuff: Def timer/terminator/heater should be checked, lots of info around here. If you need better guidance, please register and start a new topic on this. Include brand name and model number in the subject field and not in the header.

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