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Our refigerator works on and off. Cools fine for a few days and then compressor stops. Wait 24 hours or so and then it works again.

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Sounds like the fan which cools the compressor is bad or the coils at the bottom in front , need cleaned of dust , lint , pet hair , etc . Also make sure the rear panel covering the compressor , is installed .

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Look under it for the cond fan to not be turning, find the condencer fan pulg it up and see if it comes on. If not she is bad and needs to be fixed, untill you can find a fan to fit. get a small fan from the store and aim it at the coil, clean the coil good so air can flow. 

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Cold or Hot
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