Thank you for the pointers. I have not tried anything yet, but the cold control seems suspect. When the unit stops, all I have to do (usually) to get it to start is to press the control knob in (even without turning it). Would this make you suspect the cold control over the other potential problems? Thank you.
just adding.........I can even press the control knob with my hand 1 minute after cooling stops, and get the fridge to start again, making me think that the compressor has not overheated.
Please let me know any additional thoughts you have based on the information I provided.