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We have a Whirlpool ED5FHEXLQ01 refrigerator. It is about 7

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We have a Whirlpool ED5FHEXLQ01 refrigerator. It is about 7 years old. It started to stop cooling sometimes about a month ago. Wewould notice some melting in the freezer section that was far beyond what would be expected from the defrost cycle. We cleaned the condenser coils under the fridge and it seemed to help but over the last week or so got alot worse so that it would run and freeze and cool refridge but then not work for a couple days but would again operate normally for a while and then stop again. I thought there may be something wrong with the defrost timer or thermostat but checking those i could not see where they were causeing the problem. You can hear a click noise like a relay making coming from the compressor area and it seems to try and run for about 30 seconds or so and then you hear another relay click and it stops trying to run. Could the start capacitor be a problem or does it look like we have a more serious compressor problem?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Bob L Your Appl Pal replied 7 years ago.
Yes correct...That clicking you are hearing is the relay trying to start the compressor...It trys a few times then shuts down...The reason you are not getting steady cooling is because the compressor is not restarting every time the thermo sends power to it...Now your relay could be bad ...Or the compressor could be bad...Which would cause the relay to go bad from over starting...Then eventually burn the relay out...There is no way to test...You would need to replace the Relay/Overload ...If the problem persists then the compressor is at fault...
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