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(small 1.5 cu. ft. refrigerator freezer, model #rf170w/rf171pss) Compressor starts, runs for approx. 15 seconds, shuts down, doesn't restart. Suspect overload protector, but no expert. Where to find parts and prices of same parts (freezer used for camping, and only cost $160)

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Dont think its the overload the compressor maybe, overlaod and relay and shipping even if it is the problem, cost exeeds value

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