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Freezer and fridge not cold

The freezer and fridge are not getting cold, fan running but compressor just makes a buzz sound sometimes. Where is the defrost control located?

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Sounds like you have a stuck compressor. The buzz is the compressor trying to run but cannot.
A refrigeration mechanic with an hermetic compressor tester can reverse operate the compressor to get it unstuck

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