If your refrigerator isn't performing efficiently, don't hesitate to call in the professionals at DoorMojo for speedy, expert repair service. Let us fix the fridge. fix refrigerator problems like an ice-maker breakdown, water leaking onto the floor, a cooling failure etc. How do you know if your refrigerator compressor is bad? Unplug the refrigerator from the wall socket. Locate a side panel on the side of the compressor. It will be held in by one or two screws which can be removed by turning in a counterclockwise rotation. Beneath the panel will be a device called a starter relay switch. Unplug this from the compressor. What happens when the compressor goes out in a refrigerator? Compressor Runs Continuously. One of the signs that a compressor is failing is that it runs continuously without the refrigerator and freezer compartments reaching their proper operating temperatures. This condition may be the result of a loss of refrigerant in the system, or the compressor's valves may be failing.