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Help my refrigerator sounds like it trys to kick on the it kicks back off after a few seconds ,and all my food it the other side it's not that cold what does it sound like to you? Please help!!

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It's the starter or the compressor that is gone. Is it old? Which brand is it

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If unit runs normally and then completely shuts down after a while and stays off, you might have a bad defrost timer which shuts everything down when unit goes into defrost mode.

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