Going to try to plug it back in later when cool.
Goods idea as it does sound like the compressor overheated.
Could be that it was just working too hard trying ro reach a low set point.
Oh, I still have the cardboard off of the back of frig. Would that make the air circulation that bad to cause the compressor to get hot?
Yes it could but normally there is enough cooling so that the compressor does not overheat. I am assuming that the condenser fan was running anfd that it was still pushing lots of air.
Are is this compressor shot? Bad run windings or something?
Yes it could be a bad compressor.
I would not trust this unit.