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Hi there, My 4 year old 45l Engel fridge is running for 3-4 sec then turning off for 3-4 sec. It is constantly running this way. This is happening on 12v and 240v. Any suggestions? Robert Lacy

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Oh dear this is not good news
There is a problem with the compressor where the motor is drawing too many amps and the safety switch (this protects the motor) is open circuiting to prevent damage to the motor.
Nothing you can do but takeit in for repairs

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