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Does not cool

I just bought this fridge used. I was told it was carried laying on it's side for about 2 hours. When I got it home and plugged up the fan runs but it doesn't cool. Compressor does not appear to come on. the bottom of the compressor is a little warm. any help would be appreciated.


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First off, any time you lay a refrig down you should have it remain standing up for a minimum of 24 hrs forthe compressor oils to return to the copresssor, unplug and allow to rest for allotted time try again tommorw morn.

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