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My light works but the motor won't kick on, Frigidair top freezer

I keep it in the garage as a beermeister and I'm in Pennsylvania so the garage temp can go from 20 degrees in February to 80 degrees in August. The fridge is only 5 years old. My beer is getting warm, can anybody help?

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