if the issue is with the compressor wouldn't that affect the ability of the refrigerator to cool? the refer/freezer, ice maker and water dispenser all appear to be working properly
Not exactly. The refrigerator steals air from the freezer. So as long as the freezer is below 38 degrees, the refrigerator will not be affected at all. Once the temperature in the freezer gets over 38 degrees, the refrigerator will begin warming up as well.
I understand that, however the buzzing and clicking noise has been going on for a week or better now with no adverse effects to the refer/freezer, water disperser or ice maker. the sound it is making, which is not constant, makes me nervous in regards XXXXX XXXXX possible fire hazard
I turned the ice maker off a few days back to try and eliminate that as a possible cause. Guess I will perform the initial procedure you recommended and see what happens. thanks.