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..What you are hearing is the start relay trying to start the compressor..If the compressor does not start..Then the relay resets only to try starting again..If the compressor is faulty then the relay will eventually burn out..It will no longer work. The compressor should not be hot to the touch..If so..Then you have a sealed system problem (Faulty compressor leak in coils etc) Which is a expensive fix..First make sure the condenser coils are not blocked up with lint etc. If ok ..Then your only fix is to replace the Relay/Overload..If the unit is acting the same way after replacing the Relay/Overload..Then the compressor is faulty.
Did you get my previous reply?
I added that I heard a high pitch noise that lasted like an hour from the refrigerator as well. I looked up the relay on GE's website and they had it listed for $45. Do you have a recommendation where I can find this part? And how much effort should I go into finding the problem if it turns out its the compressor all along? I could probably just find another refrigerator for $100-$150.
I couldn't get to it since it happened overnight and I won't have time to do that til after work but it sounded like it was coming from the back of the refrigerator.
Thanks so much for your help Bob.