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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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THE CURCUIT BOARD IS NOT SENDING A SIGNAL TO YOUR MOTOR WHICH ENABLES YOUR MOTOR TO KEEP THE VALUBLE CONTENTS IN YOUR FRIDGE COLD...(BEER) EVERY MANS FAVOURITE HOBBY...CHECK YOUR CIRCUIT BOARD FOR CORROSION OR DAMAGE...HOPE THIS HELPS...IF SO SEND ME A COLD ONE

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