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My refrig continually makes odd noises. The one I am mostly concerned about is the clicking at the compressor. I

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Old 10-18-2011, 07:08 PM
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My refrig continually makes odd noises. The one I am mostly concerned about is the clicking at the compressor. I think it is a thermal overload, and I have ordered one to replace it. I also ordered a cap. I hope that fixes the problem. The fridge seems to work pretty well, but it clicks the overload on the compressor several times during each cooling cycle. I have checked the amps and at 1.25 amps, I don't think it is locking up. It seems to start up ok if I unplug it for a while, but the compresssor only runs a few minutes before it starts cycling the thermal overload. After it kicks, it won't start the compressor back until it has thermalled out a few times. It repeats the run/click/run cycle until it cools enough to satisfy the thermostat inside, then the circulating fan and everything shuts down. Recently, I had to defrost the freezer drain, and make sure it was unplugged. I think it may be related to the compressor kicking out. hope the new thermal and cap fixes the problem.


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Old 10-19-2011, 01:50 AM
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Eithe you have a compressor problem, or something intermittent, try tapping on the cold control or the defrost timer to see if it cutts off.
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I replaced the thermostat about a year ago. I have pulled down the thermostat enclosure, and watched the defrost timer running. After watching a video on utube, I understand a little more about how it all works. I had already bypassed the timer and thermocouple to the defrost heater, trying to defrost the ice build up in the drain. I have had that problem too. I just today replaced the overload, and capacitor and so far it is continuing to run. I replaced it with a substitute, evidently the original is no longer available, so I was unable to use the start relay supplied with the overload, and I also had to file down the terminal on the overload to make it exactly like the original. If I used both new parts, I would have had to rewire the whole thing. The new terminal on the overload relay is 1/4" wide, and mine is only 1/8" wide. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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