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Ge refriderator 3yrs old stopped working

It is a standard fridge, freezer on top. stopped working, no light. not a breaker tripped, power at outlet ok. Any tips where to check first? are there any particular problems with this brand and type?

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Re: ge refriderator 3yrs old stopped working

Need a model # check for power starting at end of power cord where attaches to refrigertor

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