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Replaced thermostat - freezer not working now

I bought a new thermostat and heater and replaced them both. The heater was quite easy, the thermostat had a very long lead wire. I ended up cutting the existing thermostat wire and splicing and wire nut the thermostats in. Now, my freezer is not running. The light bulb is on and so far the fridge seems ok. What did I do wrong or what can I do now?

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