Tip & How-To about Whirlpool 17.6 cu. ft. Top-Freezer Refrigerator w/ Factory-Installed Icemaker

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If your refrigerator is not getting cold but your freezer is freezing fine there's a good chance the evaporator is frosted up or the evaporator fan isn't working. Pull the back panel from the inside of the freezer and examine the evap coils for heavy frost buildup. If that's the case, there's a heater assembly screwed on at the bottom of the evaporator. Unscrew and ohm it out. This go bad quite regularly for me and can save you money by doing it yourself.

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I have a side by side whirlpool fridge and the freezer is fine but the fridge is now freezing everything. It's about 11 years old.


Since you stand to loose all the food I would call a service tech ASAP. But here are the most common reasons for the problem you have.
Cause 1
The Evaporator Coils are Frosted Over The defrost heater assembly turns on a few times throughout the day to melt away any frost that may have accumulated on the evaporator coils. If the defrost heater assembly is defective, frost will continue to accumulate on the evaporator coils, and the coils will become plugged with frost. If the evaporator coils are frosted over, the airflow through the coils will be restricted, causing the refrigerator not to cool. Check the evaporator coils to determine if they are frosted over. If the evaporator coils are frosted over, test each component of the defrost system.
Cause 2
Evaporator Fan Motor The evaporator fan motor draws cold air over the evaporator coils and circulates it throughout the freezer. If the evaporator fan is not working, the freezer or refrigerator will not cool adequately. To determine if the evaporator fan motor is defective, try turning the fan blade by hand. If the fan blade does not turn freely, replace the fan motor. Additionally, if the motor is unusually noisy, replace it. Finally, if the motor does not run at all, use a multimeter to test the motor windings for continuity. If the windings do not have continuity, replace the evaporator fan motor..
Cause 3
Damper Control Assembly The air damper control opens and closes to let the proper amount of cold air into the refrigerator compartment. If the damper does not open properly, it won't let enough cold air into the refrigerator. Check the damper control to determine if it is broken or stuck closed.

Nov 19, 2016 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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does the control thermastat have anything to do with the freezer on my refrigerator getting cold but not freezing


If you remove the evaporator cover and look at the frost on the evaporator is it fairly even frost from top to bottom? If you don't have frost on the bottom half of your evaporator then you have a freon leak. Do you have a model number for your unit?

Mar 15, 2013 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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my refrigerator is not getting cold


Is the freezer freezing? Do you hear a fan motor running inside the freezer? If the freezer fan is working and the freezer is still getting cold, do you see allot of frost on the back wall of the freezer?

Freezer not cooling at all - t-stat or compressor would be where to check next

No fan running in freezer and freezer is cold - bad evaporator fan motor.

If fan is running and you have heavy frost on the back wall of freezer - unit is not defrosting. could be defrost timer or defrost t-stat

Mar 12, 2013 | Amana Refrigerators

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refrigerator wont stay cold.Freezer works fine,no frost buildup


i replace the evaporator fan, this fan problem is hard to diagnose because the fan will spin but not fast enough to circulate the chilled air thru the freezer and the refrigerator. The minimum cost to repair/replace is around $300.00

Jul 27, 2009 | Crosley CRFF16 15.9 Cu. Ft. Frost-Free...

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Daewoo Fridge Freezer not getting cold


Possible problems are a bad evaporator fan motor or a defrost problem. If the back panel in the freezer is frosted up then it is a defrost problem. If no frost listen for the fan in the freezer. If you don't hear it then it may be the problem. Not circulating the cold air.

Oct 04, 2007 | Hotpoint HTS20GCNWW / HTS20GCNCC Top...

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