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The capacitor on the compressor just helps with efficiency and is not required for the compressor to run. So, that would have had no impact. The issue you are seeing is probably related to the defrost cycle lasting too long or possibly too little food in the freezer to help hold the temperature. Is the freezer pretty full or near empty?
The temperature is not going to be stable with an empty freezer. Place jugs of water or anything to help hold the temperature when it cycles off. You won't get any accurate testing with an empty freezer. I suspect there is no issue with freezer, just place several water containers in there and I suspect you will see much smaller temperature swings.
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The defrost cycle on this is controlled electronically. The only accurate way to test it is to test the heater and the thermostat in the freezer for continuity. If they are good (show a closed circuit), then by deductive reasoning, that would indicate a control issue. However, with the little frost you are seeing, I do not suspect a defrost issue. I would fill the freezer up and see how it does. Of course, there are no additional charges to follow up in a few days after you get a chance to try this!
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There is not really a way to test the control because it is adaptive. It does not defrost on any set schedule, it varies by door openings, compressor run time, etc.
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If it is not getting down to freezing temperature, there is a sealed system issue, likely a leak that has the refrigerant level too low.
How are you able to determine that with a thermometer that does not work? I will place your question back to thew list in case another may have an idea.