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My refrigerator quit cooling today. The fan runs. I checked

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My refrigerator quit cooling today. The fan runs. I checked and cleaned the coils. the compressor tries to start but won't. It clicks like the start relay is bad. can I replace that myself or do I need a professional?
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You can definitely replace the start relay by yourself, but you won't be able to replace the compressor if the compressor is the issue. To access the start relay, pull the refrigerator forward and unplug the refrigerator.  Remove the lower back access panel and locate your large black round compressor.  There is a small plastic box attached to the side of the compressor with several wires going into it.  This is your overload relay.  Pull the overload relay off the compressor and shake it.  If it rattles, then it needs to be replaced.  If it doesn't rattle, then you likely have a bad compressor and you'll need to call a technician in order to replace the compressor. The relay may have a retaining clip on it that you need to pop off first, otherwise if you just slide a flat head screwdriver between the overload relay and compressor and pry out, it will pop the start device off.

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