Frigidaire refrigerator compressor clicking

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Old 08-23-15, 06:23 PM
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Frigidaire refrigerator compressor clicking

Refrigerator is 8 years old. About 50% of the time, the fan would turn on but not the compressor. After 10 seconds, I hear a loud click. Wait about 30 seconds, and another loud click and the compressor starts. This has been going on about 2 months. Refrigerator has no problem cooling (once the compressor finally starts).

So far, I've done this:
1. Replaced run capacitor. This reduced the frequency of the problem from 50% to about 5%.
2. Leaving new run capacitor installed, I also replaced the start motor relay on the side of the compressor. (The capacitor plugs into this relay.) Immediately the problem returned to about 50% of the time.

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Old 08-24-15, 05:46 AM
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post model # Refrigerator guys can help.
 
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Old 08-24-15, 05:57 AM
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Frigidaire model # FRT17G5CSKC
 
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Old 08-24-15, 09:07 AM
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It sure sounds like an issue with the new start relay.
You'll need to check and make sure the connections to the compressor are tight and clean where relay plugs in.
 
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Old 08-24-15, 10:02 AM
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Ok, I'll pull the relay this evening and make sure it's seated correctly.

The old start relay rattles when I shake it. The new one does not. I'm guessing rattling means it's bad?

If the start relay wasn't seated correctly, could the compressor still start 50% of the time?
 
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Old 08-24-15, 11:09 AM
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The rattle is a sure sign it's blasted inside.

The compressor could start 50% of the time if it wasn't hot.
 
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Old 08-24-15, 05:52 PM
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I removed the start relay, brushed off the connectors, and re-installed it. The problem remains. I guess there's a chance that Sears sent me a bad replacement part. Is there a way to test it?

Even with the old relay that rattles, the problem was much less frequent than it is now.
 
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Old 08-26-15, 08:24 AM
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Anybody else have ideas on this problem? Is it possible this problem is in the compressor itself?
 
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