Any way you can measure the voltage in the outlet where the fridge / freezer is plugged in?
Unfortunately, sudden brown outs can cause these types of appliances to fail, but not nearly as frequent as thunder storms.
If you're supposed to have 110V but only get ~80-ish, that's a problem.
Same if you measure 140-160V and it's supposed to be 240V.
A few years back, in the midst of winter here in Norway (on a Sunday as well), I experienced a sudden brown out just after hearing a pretty loud "crash". I inspected my nearby area, but saw nothing. When I got back in, I had partial power. Some lights would turn on, but others would not. My computer was running fine.
Electrical company (24/7 support) remotely diagnosed it as a glow power (I don't know how to properly translate it).
It meant that I had only very limited power available.
My fridge was doing the exact same thing; Compressor tried to kick in and it would be clicking and buzzing for a second or two, then give up. That repeated 2-3 times, before I unplugged it completely.
Once they got crew out, they found that a tree had fallen over the power line a couple hundred yards from my house and had blown a few breakers in the power station.