Thanks for the quick response. This is the second time I am typing this as the 1st response disappeared. Yes we do have a Tecumseh compressor. The compressor gets very hot to the touch, I can only touch for a few seconds before this burns. Is this a sign that the compressor is going out? Just in case I will try a new RCO810. I purchased one from Amazon, Supco URCO-810 for $15. Are all RCO810 devices the same? I am not sure how old the refrigerator is, we bought the house 2.5 years ago, however I have read that sometimes it is better to buy a new refrigerator instead of replacing a compressor, unless you have a subzero type unit (a similar refrigerator is nearly $3K with tax. Any opinions? What should a new compressor cost installed in the LA area??
OK last question. I had a LOT of lint build up before I cleaned it out. Could this have burt out the RCO810? Are there other electronic parts that could go out that would cause this problem?
Since the compressor works occassionally, temp goes from 38/0 up to 47/22 and then drops back down again, it sounds like the likely problem is the compressor. Sould I ask for a Embraco compressor, do not want this problem in 5 years. Just out of curiousity, I saw on the internet that you can check either for continuity or amps to comfim if there is a problem with the compressor. Is this not correct?