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Whirlpool Side by side compressor overheating

Everything cleaned out completely. Seems to overheat, shut off, and does not turn back on. Freezer thaws, refrigerator goes warm. Can get it to come back on after a day or so. When running, the compressor is relatively warm to the touch, but I don't know how hot the surface should be normally. Help. Anything to do?

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  • Jwalker45 Sep 22, 2008


    SN: SH1330725

    Manufactured March 1998

  • Jwalker45 Sep 22, 2008

    When I say cleaned out, I am referring to the coils etc, underneath. Minimal content in the fridge. No blocked vents, etc.



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Dear jwalker45, If the compressor is inefficent or if there is a restriction in the line (most likely the cap tube) the refrigerant can't circulate. when refrigerant expands it gets cold, when it's compressed it gets very hot. Bad motor windings will do the same. But u said tat u had cleaned the coils. so jus check out if you have a Fan down by the compressor is running. This will also cause the compressor to overheat.
If none of those things are an issue, replace the components on the side of the compresser. Replace all of them. If you have the same problem when you replace the components on the side of the compressor, you have a bad compressor.
Average repair cost for replacing compress can range from 350 - 450$

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Hi jwalker45

Welcome to
What is the model # and the year of the fridge?
Waiting for your response.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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    Neil Golan Sep 22, 2008

    Hi jwalker45

    Hi, again
    I think your fridge is ten years old and to put good money into bad!
    I read this report today and i'll share it with you!

    Repair or replace?

    When to pull the plug on your old refrigerator

    It nearly always makes sense to undertake simple do-it-yourself repairs,
    such as replacing a gasket on a refrigerator or a freezer.

    Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
    in the owner's manual.

    Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
    The answer depends mostly on the age of your refrigerator,
    how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.

    Follow these guidelines:

    When a repair makes sense.

    If your refrigerator is under warranty or less than four years old (three years for top-freezers),
    paying for a repair makes sense.
    Note that refrigerators under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
    readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

    When a repair might be a wise choice.

    If your refrigerator is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
    it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair.
    But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage,
    given that today's models are quieter and have added features.
    Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008,
    are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent
    more efficient than those built before 1993.

    When it pays to replace.

    The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new refrigerator.
    Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive top-freezer refrigerator
    six or more years old or a bottom-freezer or side-by-side eight or more years old.

    Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent
    of a refrigerator you replace is likely to end up in a landfill.

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to help!
    Please do not for get to give a rating before you sign off!
    Thank You, HUUUM

  • Neil Golan
    Neil Golan Sep 25, 2008

    Mr Walker it is not cost effective to spend $450 to replace a compressor in what appears to me to be an older refrigerator made prior to 2000

    If you have the same problem when you replace the components on the side of the compressor, you have a bad compressor.
    Average repair cost for replacing compress can range from 350 - 450$

    What were your results??



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