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Chest freezer, stopped freezing, Ptc relay attached to compressor has overheated to point of partially melting.

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Some of the PTC relays just give out for no apparent reason. (the brown ones more than any other) But in your case you can see physical signs of overheating. I would suspect the compressor has seized up, or has a shorted winding.

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