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Old 08-21-2009, 07:43 PM
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Default Refrigerator relay clicking but just sometimes
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8 years old.
I tried to clean coils but can only get to front ones, there are more behind but cant even get to those from back. It's like it needs to be tipped over??

Anyways it will click sometimes but then stops. So does that mean compressor is going bad? (its hot) or relay?
It will click twice 10 seconds apart then do that again in 3 minutes.

fridge and freezer are right temps.

Ordered relay but it wont get here until monday and not even sure i know what to do to replace it. THeres a light colored circuit box on side of compressor.

blue and white wire to compressor
red and white away from circuit to top of fridge.
green for ground.


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Old 08-22-2009, 03:43 AM
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If you ordered the factory service part, it's an easy job, just unplug and and plug in new; wire it per the old device.
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Old 08-22-2009, 05:43 AM
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Default Overload Relay

Sounds like you have a bad overload relay.
Had any sudden power outs lately?


The box beside the compressor is where the relay is sitting.

The reason the compressor is hot, because the relay is trying to turn the motor on.

When you remove the relay sometimes it is quite evident that it has failed (burn marks, broken contactors etc..)

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Old 08-22-2009, 06:24 AM
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thanks, hopefully I got the right thing to fix this.

AP3083556 (4387835)Relay, overload and cover kit

Here's a pic of compressor, it the relay the thing on the side?
If its something else behind there I'm not sure how i can get to it past all the copper tubing.

One other note, yes we've had lots of outages this summer it seems.
It does not click all the time , sometimes the compressor runs fine but other times it seems to click when it starts. Hope compressor doesnt go bad before fixed.

Any idea on how to clean those coils when I can't even get vacume back there?
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Also, check your compressor to see if it's overheating, could be something else going bad.
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yea compressor is too hot to touch.
And how do you get the relay cover off/apart?

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You pry off the cover if it has no wire retainer.
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Use a shopvac (if you have one) connect the hose to the other end and use the vac as a blower. You need to blow out the dirt, I usually use compressed air to gently move the dust away from the compressor and collect it on the front side.
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I'm not an appliance guy- I clean HVAC systems. I can tell you with certainty that any system that relys on coils for thermodynamic energy transfer will benefit from regularly scheduled cleaning of the coils.

HVAC systems must be properly sized and maintained regularly to realize desired efficiency results. For example, according to US Dept of Energy website up to 30% energy savings can result from compressor energy alone if coils are cleaned vs. not. In addition this may help with dust control, promote equipment longevity, and improved indoor air quality and comfort. Most manufacturers and US Dept of Energy suggest that you inspect and clean coils and other components as much as annually. To learn more you can visit:

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Use a shopvac (if you have one) connect the hose to the other end and use the vac as a blower. You need to blow out the dirt, I usually use compressed air to gently move the dust away from the compressor and collect it on the front side.
yea sounds like a plan i may try that.
I think I've done it once, but sadly this situation has fallen into the out-of-site out-of-mind category. They have indicator lights for when to change water filter but what is needed is light to indicate time to clean coils. Why hasn't necessity been the mother of invention for that one?

so maybe the relay/starter has gone bad from frequent power outages and overheating of coils not cleaned regularly?

Still waiting for parts.
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