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Author Topic: kitchenaid superba side by side not cooling, making clicking noise  (Read 1885 times)

Offline tmcpeak

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My refrigerator has been unplugged in the garage for 8 months.  Now that it's plugged in, there is power and lights, but it won't cool. 

It keeps making a "clicking" sound from the compressor area, like a light switch is being turned on, then off.  The clicking sound cycles anywhere from 2 - 7 minutes.  When it clicks on, the motor and fan sounds like the power is drawing down a bit.  When it clicks off, the power surges back up again.

I've cleaned the coils.  I've unplugged it several times.  Still won't cool.  Still makes clicking sound.

Is this a simple fix?

Is this worth repairing for a 14 year old refrigerator? 

model: KSRE25FHWH01
Serial:  SK2441698
Mfg date:  06/2000

**This may or may not be related, but the compressor has been worked on three times within the first 6 years.  It stopped cooling.  The prior repair history is:

08/2004  not cooling- leak in dryer, ordered compressor tube kit, added refrigerant, sweep charge
01/2006  erratic cooling - diagnosed sealed system problem, didn't repair
06/2006  not cooling - replaced compressor, flush, hi and low side sweep and recharge
08/2006  not cooling - replaced compressor, sweep charge and recharge to specs
2012 - erratic cooling, canceled service appointment when system appeared stable
01/2014 - unplugged unit, left in garage storage for 8 months
09/14 - plugged in unit after storing for 8 months, system not cooling at all.  Makes "clicking" noise.  Fan runs fine.  Coils free from dust.

Any thoughts on this?  I'll repair it if it's worth it, but I don't want to keep chasing the same stupid problem.


Offline tgoods

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Re: kitchenaid superba side by side not cooling, making clicking noise
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2014, 12:30:09 AM »
Take the compressor relay off and shake it.  If it rattles, it's bad.  You've had so many sweep charges, I don't think I'd trust the system anymore. I never sweep charge, I don't trust it to get all the moisture out. I pull a vacuum to 500 microns.