Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX iam happy to help you with your question today..that is a classic symptom of a faulty compressor unfortunately , you can pop the cover off the electricals on the compressor and make sure all the wires are intact and no visible signs of wires burnt off or melted? if ok then it is a compressor issue , compressor unable to start and cuts off on the overload , it does as you say keep trying every few minutes
no compressor run causes no cooling
if you have a amp meter you can check the amperage draw when it is buzzing anything over 10 amps indicates a seized rotor
this is the start device , check to make sure it isnt melted or burnt anywhere
ok. lemme check that.
if it is the compressor, i assume that's a costly repair.
and assume it's not something i could do myself. (i would consider myself 'handy', but far from a pro). would it even be worth repairing?
yes it is im sorry to say , around $600-$700 it reqs specialized equipment to repair , freon and gauges ,charging cylinder ,torch..but if the relay/overload is melted it wont start either
ok. i see that part. i'm going to check it right now.
check the underside of the relay , ive seen a few bubble and short out where you cant see it
it all looks good visually
if it looks good ,its the compressor then , it is getting power because it is buzzing and trying to start , any kind of sealed system warranty left?
how old is the fridge
nah, it's too old, i'm sure
>8 yrs, i'd say
yeah, it's buzzing and trying to start for sure.
but if it's not running, why is it still hot to the touch?
i would double check just in case , sometimes they had compressors for 10 yrs and would be half the costs ,just in case
hmm. ok. i will. i'm sure i have the receipt somewhere
it is trying to start ,it still gets power and is attempting to start
hence the heat, eh?
it would be on the manual under warranty
yes to the heat
ok. well thank you for your help, though it wasn't the answer i was hoping for! :-)
good luck with whatever way you choose