We have several older Kenmore chest type freezers.
We fill and empty them and will shut them off for
a month or two, then restart them. when powered up, you can hear that
power has been applied to the motor, but the
internal circuit breaker will open and close half a
dozen times (or more) before they will restart. They all finally
do restart, but what is happening inside the motor that is
causing them to lockup.
I restarted two last night one started after I hit the compressor
with a 2" x 4", it could have just been coincidence, but I heard the
breaker close and after a couple of hits with the 2" x 4" it started.
That dind't help the second one, I gave up walked away for an hour and
when I came back it had started.
btw, once they start running, they are fine, cool down to the -10 on the
display and colder on external thermometers that we use.
So why don't they want to restart?