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American fridge freezer not working

The freezer defrosts it self then goes off for a couple of days so does the fridge it keeps getting warm can u help

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If it gets cold enough and then shut down like it should but doen't come back on till the door or some movement shakes it a little then you have a bad themostat ,,,,,, replace it and you will be ok.

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