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    Default freezer shuts off after 5-7 seconds

    I have a 7-8 year old, large Sears chest freezer. The temperature alarm started going off the other day and I noted that things were not as frozen as they should be. When I unplug the unit, then plug it back in, it runs for 5-7 seconds then shuts off again. If I wait a while I can get it to do the same thing again. I took the cover off the motor area and at a glance nothing is obviously wrong.

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    Hi palmerfly,

    It sounds like the compressor isn't comming on. If you are hearing a "click" sound every few seconds, the overload and relay could be bad or the compressor itself could be bad. Does the compressor eventualy turn on? I'll need your model number.

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    Thanks for the reply. The compressor does come on. Makes the regular, unique compressor noise that a fridge and freezer make when starting. Sounds normal. It only stays on for 5-7 seconds, then clicks off. I wrote the model number down at home, and I am not at home right now. It is a Sears, largest chest freezer they had about 7 - 8 years ago. Just guessing, but the number may have been: 253.9183511 ??? Could it be the thermostat, or some type of switching device? Thanks again for replying.

    Palmerfly

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    Hi palmerfly,

    It could be the cold control. To check it, take the two wires off of the cold control (thermostat) and jump them together. See if the compressor stays running.

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    Thanks for the note. I bridged two of the 3 connectors on the thermostat with a short jumper wire. The compressor fired right up, then quit after about 5 seconds just as before. Do you have any other ideas?

    Thanks, Palmerfly

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    Back to my original post, either the relay and overload is bad or the compressor is bad.

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    I would check the compressor thermal overload. When the compressor gets to hot the overload protects the compressor from causing internal damage.

    IceMonster

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