Well, the fridge is acting up again. This time I have questions concerning the compressor. Does it run whenever the evap fan and compressor fan are running or does it occasionally shut down but the fans remain on? I'm having intermittent cooling issues and I've noticed that sometimes the fans will be on, but the compressor will be off and hot. I pulled the "start-device combination: start relay and overload for protection" and opened it up. There are a few brown spots on the white plastic next to the little disc, so I assume this is probably the problem. Here is a link to the part: Start Device
The compressor will usually kick on if I unplug it and plug it back in.
I just replaced the evap fan because it was dying and I hate to throw too much money into it if it's a compressor issue. Does the problem sound like it's most likely the start device?