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596.73503201- clicking noise
I am hearing a clicking noise from my sear elite bottom freezer. The clicking noise seems to start during or after the defrost cycle because I can see water dripping off the cooling coils in the back of the freezer. The clicking noise cycles every 60 sec or so but the cooling coil does not have frost even after 1 hr of cooling. If I unplug the refrigerator for 10 - 15 mins and then turn the refrigerator back on, the clicking noise often goes away and the cooling coils will frost and the freezer will get cold. It seems like the freezer will stay cold until the next defrost cycle and unless I turn off the refrigerator and let it rest, the clicking will not stop and the freezer will not get cold. Do you think I have a weak relay capacitor or overload switch?
Posted July 31, 2012
Marc, July 31, 2012
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Fred M, August 01, 2012
from the description you give i suspect the clicking noise you hear is the compressor trying to start. you unplug it for 10-15 minutes then the unit starts freezing and the clicking noise goes away. this problem usually has two possible causes. the click is the overload tripping when the compressor tries to start. the problem might be the start relay or it might indicate a problem with the compressor itself. the fan might make a clicking noise but it is not usually running in the defrost cycle. in defrost you might hear a sizzle and pop from the melting ice hitting the heater but it wouldn't be every minute or so. the compressor/relay can be checked but only a technician would have the tools to check the compressor directly. you can have it repaired at your home by a sears technician. here is a link for the website: sears home services .
john, August 01, 2012
do you think my overload switch is working fine and the problem is due to a bad relay or the compressor?
Fred M, August 04, 2012
at this point the problem can be either the relay or the compressor. the relay is usually about $25 dollars whil the compressor is a major repair that will cost several hundred dollars. you might consider replacing the relay and see if it fixes the problem. a local parts store may be able to provide you with a "start kit" for this compressor.
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