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Fridge runs 24/7. Tried to adjust thermostat. It goes off, but comes right back on after a minute or two, then stays on. It's a side by side GE. Freezer ok, Just runs all the time. Why?

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Is it freezing things? if not then your compressor is probably getting weak. check the back of the freezer on the back panel and be sure there is no frost. frost means defrost problem. also make sure the fan is running. check the condenser coils and clean them. good luck

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