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Either your defrost is set wrong or it's not working,
try this , totally defrost the fridge ,once this is done turn it on , a small fan should be running in the freezer section , if it's not then this is the primary cause, if it is then your defrost is not working in which case you will need a new one. There is only one more thing to check and that is the thermostat .
once the fridge has reached temp or close to it, try turning the thermostat to a lower number then back again , if it turns the comp on and of or at least makes a click sound then it's ok, if it does nothing then this could be the issue.

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