I ohmed the compressor but got several different readings and wasn't smart enough to know what to make of it but perhaps you can enlighten me.
C&S C&R R&S
1st 2.5 1.6 3.1
2nd 2.3 1.3 2.8
3rd 1.8 0.6 2.3
4th 1.5 0.7 2.3
I have just checked it as you suggested. I suppose the humming could be described as under stress but kind of sounded like a normal start. The rest of your description is as you describe.
Thanks Billy. What ever will be will be! I have contacted my insurance company but wanted to make sure the problem wasn't something less expensive.