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My GE Compact Fridge doesn't start up, even though I left it standing upright overnight and turned the temperature dail clockwise. Yes, it's plugged in. :)

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Ok so I will assume from your post that you turned the dial completly to the coldest setting and that the compressor does not come on (nothing comes on, no fans no compressor). Did you just plug it in and attempted to start it ? There is usually a delay in starting your compressor, it should come on within 10-15 minutes - if not, try turning the dial back to off and then turn it back towards the coldest - do you hear any "clicking" where the dial is at (thermostat) ? If it does not start you may have a compressor relay problem or control board problem - But for your compact refrigerator I would say more likely a bad compressor or relay / capacitor, etc.

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