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Not freezing or cooling

Fan is running in the back and inside freezer compartment. Compressor sounds like it is trying to come on but then has a whining sound and clicks off after a little bit.

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There should be a small relay switch near the compressor. Sometimes dust or (ugh) a bug may get in there and block the relay from starting the compressor.

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