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Fridge compressor problem ?

I have a 12v isotherm upright 125/50 litre frig/fzr with bdf50 compressor.3 yrs old. For the last few months when compressor shuts down, it almost immediatly starts again and runs /stops for a few seconds over about 1 to 4 minutes before stopping for whatever time it takes to start its cycle again.
where do I start looking? Thank you.

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Seems to me you have a faulty cold control. (behind the temp control).Not too expensive , about 40 bucks.

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