It was wishful thinking unfortunately! There's a pool of water on the floor this morning.
Ever since you've asked about the compressor its been very warm or hot and the fan has been running. The fridge has appeared to be operating normally but clearly at some point in the night it's failed to the degree where the ice has melted and leaked onto the floor and no new ice has been made. Unfortunately I wasn't first to examine it today as the fridge is in a property we rent out. When I have checked though the compressor is hot, running and the fridge appears to be working.
Some curious details: The fridge fails at night; it's always appeared to be working normally during the day. I'm not certain but am thinking that once it's failed it stays failed until the door is opened at which point it works properly again. Does the door opening trigger a circuit or could it indirectly? It not failing during the day could then be explained by it being regularly opened.
When I said last time that the fridge had bizarrely been working I'm guessing that it wasn't but we didn't notice because I'd turned the water off to stop the overnight leak. Unless the problem can somehow be linked to the water supply?
P.S. Where are you because it doesnt look like our time frames are similar and it would be nice to know when you might reply?
Hi Daniel, a further update:
Fridge failed with me present this time, or at least the compressor and fan stopped. I'd put both fridge and freezer settings to maximum (7) with the hope that something might happen quicker that way and this happened about three hours later. I left it for another hour to see if maybe it had just got to temperature and correctly switched off and would then come on again later, but it didn't. Compressor had by then cooled right down.
So I opened the freezer door, found that the compartment was warm, but instantly the compressor and fan kicked in and everything returned to correct operation mode.
So I'm currently thinking, the fridge gets cold, once it gets cold enough it cuts off the compressor (probably deliberately to save energy), but then doesn't switch it back on again when the temperature rises - unless the door gets opened.
So is there something that would explain all this, perhaps a new main board?