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My GE chest freezer quit working. When I plug it

My GE chest freezer quit working. When I plug it in, something runs for about three seconds and then shuts off. It does this over and over again - on for about 3 seconds and off for about 10 seconds.

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There is a chance that your over load and starter ptc has gone bad. the worst case your compressor has gone bad.

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