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Nothing runs but Adaptive Defrost Control clicks twice

I have a Whirlpool side by side.  Model # 106.9547610.  It's 14 years old.  It's not running at all.  The lights are on.  When I plug it in I hear a click at the Adaptive Defrost Control(part# 2154958) on the Refrigerator side.  I loosened this piece to see inside and also hear exactly where it's clicking.  That is the only noise it makes when I plug it in.

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  • tcgiles Dec 08, 2008

    The compressor area is not making one little sound.  The clicking is definitely coming from the Adaptive Defrost Control.  I just checked it again to make sure.



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