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What are some common refrigerator compressor problems?

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Common refrigerator compressor problems include making noise, failing to run and going on and off. Most refrigerator compressor problems originate from another part of the refrigerator, such as a dirty condenser or a failing capacitor.

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A compressor that makes a clicking sound is likely going on and off. This could mean it is overheating because of dirty condenser coils.

A compressor could fail to run, meaning it is not getting proper power. This could be because the capacitor has failed or another part of the power system has a problem. Using a multimeter helps in determining where the power problem is. Cleaning the system helps in solving the problem.

A faulty compressor can make noise, necessitating a replacement. A technician should check whether the noise is a result of a pressure buildup or a problem with the gas before deciding to replace the compressor.

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