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Small fridge shut's off won't start back up unless i turn the switch off and wait a few seconds then turn it back on then it will run till it shuts off again

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I am assuming the switch you are referring to is the thermostat.

unplug the unit.
get a lubricant of WD-40, spray it inside the thermostat to lubricate the mechanical parts inside which is getting sticky.

then test it again. if it won't fix the problem, then replace the thermostat.

tnx 4 using fixya,

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