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my lec frost free fridge freezer isnt getting cold. seems as

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my lec frost free fridge freezer isnt getting cold. seems as though the compressor is trying to kick in & cool but is turning off almost immediately. it is a TF5586W which is only about 2 years old. any advice on this issue would be most appreciated.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: UK Appliance
Expert:  Techdesk replied 5 years ago.


When it tries to run, does the compressor hum and then go off with a click a few seconds later.

Does it then repeat this every so often.



Customer: replied 5 years ago.
there is a click from what i believe is the start relay, the compressor hums for a couple of seconds then goes off. the compressor itself is very hot.
Expert:  Techdesk replied 5 years ago.


OK, thanks for that.

This normally happens when the compressor is faulty and/or has jammed.


It heats up extremely quickly and trips the overheat protection.

As it cools down, it tries to start again and trips the protection again.


Unfortunately this normally requires a new compressor and a regas.

You would be looking at an expensive repair I'm afraid.


You need a refrigeration engineer to change the compressor and regas the system.

I'd guess at least £150 but more likely around the £200 mark.


Sorry, not good news or an easy fix.

I wish it was as simple as pressing a few buttons.


Hope this is of some help

Let me know how it goes or if you need more help



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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
thanks for your help, thats what i thought the problem might be, but could a faulty starter relay or thermistor cause a problem by not allowing the compressor to start up.
Expert:  Techdesk replied 5 years ago.


No, the thermistor won't cause this.

I think it's unlikely to be a faulty starter relay.


However, if you unplug the appliance and take the cover off the box attached to the compressor you can take out the assembly and check to see if it's failed.



Customer: replied 5 years ago.
ok thanks for your help, i'll check the relay, but like you say it's probably not that. just can't believe the compressors gone on a 2 year old fridge freezer. very annoying. thanks again
Expert:  Techdesk replied 5 years ago.


Good luck with it, let me know what you find.