Four Common Signs That Refrigeration Equipment Is Experiencing a Compressor Malfunction

Compressor problems are common refrigerator malfunctions. These problems can become more severe over time if they are not detected early. That's why it's important to know how to look out for them.

With proper troubleshooting and maintenance, you can ensure that your equipment gets the appropriate repairs right away, before small problems turn into bigger ones that could damage not only the unit's compressor but also multiple parts within an entire refrigeration system. 

The following are four refrigerator-operation symptoms that most likely point to a compressor issue.

The compressor fan stops cooling down equipment.

The compressor fan is an important part of the compressor assembly that prevents overheating. Any overheating can lead to more severe problems elsewhere in the system because mechanical wear and tear is always more likely when equipment pieces are operating at an abnormally high temperature.

When a unit's compressor fan is not working, the unit will sound different and could start making irregular noises. If the compressor fan stops working, it could mean that the fan motor or the entire compressor-fan assembly needs to be replaced. 

The compressor erratically clicks on and off.

If the compressor of a refrigerator is irregularly turning on and off, there is most likely a relay problem in the unit. This is a fairly simple electrical malfunction that can be repaired with a small part replacement. 

Another potential cause of erratic starting and stopping of the compressor is a compressor overload problem. It's especially important to repair this situation quickly because compressor overload can cause catastrophic failure of the compressor itself if left without repairs over time.

To check to see if compressor overload may be the issue, you can connect an amp meter to the compressor to measure how much electricity is being supplied. Often, an overload issue might simply mean that a relay in the unit's fuse box needs to be reconnected or cleaned off. 

The compressor begins making a lot of noise.

As a compressor operates, it should be fairly silent. The only noise that a properly functioning compressor should make is from the compressor fan as it blows air. If other noises begin to be heard from the unit's compressor, the noise is a sign of malfunction.

A unit's compressor is responsible for properly maintaining pressure and gas in a refrigerator, so abnormal noises from the compressor could indicate excessive pressure buildup or improper gas regulation. 

The interior of the refrigerator doesn't stay as cool as it should.

If the inside of a refrigerator doesn't seem to get as cold as it should, there could be a problem with the compressor motor. To troubleshoot this scenario, it's possible to test whether the compressor motor is working by unplugging the refrigerator unit and accessing the motor. Then, the unit can be restarted to see if the motor begins working when the unit is turned on. 

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