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Fridge might be broken!

HI, we just got this fridge from a friend, they hadnt plugged it in for a while! we put it in a big SUV laying down, then put it in our kitchen. after two days i plugged the fridge in ( we were told to wait to days before lugging it in), it was woking fine but an hour later it stopped working. i did have the doors open for a little during that hour because i was cleaning it!!!
is there any way yo fix this??  thanks!

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Posibly the fridge went into a defrost. normaly the defrost is 15 to 20 min every 6 hours - other then the timer the only other part of the unit that turns the compresor on and off it the temperature contol' . hope this helped you

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