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 Posted: Tue Sep 26th, 2006 05:48 pm
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I have a 4 year old Frigidaire side-by-side refrigerator model # FRS23R4AB5 which is having intermittent compressor issues.  About a week ago, I woke up in the morning to find the freezer side of my refrigerator wasn't as cold as it should be and everything was melting.  I was also hearing a buzzing noise coming from the bottom of the unit every few minutes.  After some investigating, I determined that the compressor wasn't running.  It sounded like it was trying to start, but after about 10-20 seconds of buzzing, it would just give up.  The condenser fan was running, the condenser coils were free of dust and frost, the evaporator fan was working.  The problem definitely seemed to be the compressor.

I scheduled a service appointment for the following week (it was the first appointment I could get).  But when I got home from work that day, the buzzing sound was gone and the freezer was cold again.  Everything was working fine for the next week, so I canceled my service appointment.  Well, I came home from work yesterday to find that the problem had returned.  Everything in the freezer was melted and the buzzing was back.  Went to bed and woke up this morning to find that the buzzing was gone and freezer was cold again.  Basically it seems like the compressor will just stop working properly for about 12 hours every week or so.

My question is this:  Does this sound more like the compressor itself is failing, or could it just be the starter?  I wouldn't say I'm super mechanically inclined, but I would be willing to change the starter myself if you think it could possibly fix the problem.  Though I've read through a lot of the threads here from people with similar issues and in most cases it seems like replacing the starter offers only a temporary fix and within a few weeks most people have to get a completely new compressor.

My other question then becomes: What can a technician do if the compressor happens to be working fine when he shows up?  Will he take my word for it that the compressor only works off and on, or will he just say there's nothing he can do and charge me $65? 

The fresh food side of my refrigerator has stayed cool enough that none of the food has spoiled, but at this point the freezer side is basically unusable because I never know when it's going to stop working.  So I definitely need to do something about it.  Thanks!