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Side by side Refrigerator shuts off . If you mess with temp control it will restart and run for short time then it shuts off again.

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There must be other symptoms. There must be more info re frig mfg, age, and type. Causes can be control board, thermistors, thermostats, compressor overload, etc.

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The defrost cycle is usually terminated by a 60 Deg bi-metal thermostat. If the defrost heating element is not heating up the unit will shut off until the internal temp reached 60 Deg F and then restart.

Defrost cycles are 10 - 12 hours apart depending on the defrost control installed so that explains the 12 hr repeat. I really think you have a bad defrost heating element. Here is why I say that...
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The element is item 33 of this link:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5164987&diagram_id=28252332#d28252332

Just looking at the drawing it appears that the Defrost heater and defrost thermostat are an assembly.

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