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I have a Frigidaire 4.5 cu ft compact refrigerator model #LFPH45F4LM

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I have a Frigidaire 4.5 cu ft compact refrigerator model #LFPH45F4LM about 1.5 yrs old. It periodically stops cooling and if I unplug and plug it back in, it will start up again for a few days until it stops again. It seems to be occurring more frequently now. Any ideas?
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When the unit stops cooing, is the refrigerator completely silent? And how long do you have to unplug the unit for before you plug it back in?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes, it is completely silent. I actually don't know how long I have to unplug it. When I plug it back in, sometimes it starts running, sometimes it doesn't. Even when it doesn't appear to re-start after plugging back in, I have found it running again a day or two later. So I am not sure if unplugging it is actually doing anything.

OK so if you don't hear anything running at all when it shuts off, it sounds like you either have a faulty defrost timer or a bad thermostat control (the part behind the control you turn to adjust the temperature for the refrigerator). Since the problem is sporadic, there is really no way to test which part is faulty for certain. But if you unplug the unit and sometimes when you plug the unit back in and it starts up right away, that is not your defrost timer. It sounds like your thermostat will need to be replaced, but you'll need to contact Figidaire for parts because this unit is one of the less expensive models which parts are sold through distributers I'm afraid.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks for the quick response. It seems like most of the time it does not immediately restart (now that I think of it), which would mean it would be the defrost timer. Can you tell me roughly where that is located?

It's not about "most of the time" If it EVER starts up immediately when you plug it back in, the defrost timer is not your problem. That being said, I couldn't say where the defrost timer is located without being there, but it's usually located on the back of the refrigerator down by the compressor or inside the control panel inside the refrigerator.

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