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Whirlpool Fridge mod# et8wtkxkq0 - will not run.

Only the light will come on. I read in another forum to jumper the cold control thermostat. Tried that still no go. This unit sat for a few years not being used, when I plugged it in it ran for about 3-5 seconds and then quit.

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  • D Evers Nov 27, 2012

    Fixed it by manually advancing the defrost timer.

  • D Evers Nov 29, 2012

    The defrost timer takes 30 minutes to advance during this time the compressor and fan will not run. The timer can be manually advanced by turning the cam with a screw driver located in a hole under and behind the Cold Control.

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Pull the relay off the compressor and shake it. If it rattles it is bad and will need to be replaced. Be sure to unplug the unit first! Here is the part to order if it is bad.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012

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SOURCE: Light on in fridge but no compressor sound or clicks or fan

That dude is probably stuck in the defrost mode.
OK try this:
1. Unplug refrigerator
2. Turn Cold Control to “off (Compressor is off)
3. Plug in refrigerator
The defrost cycle has now been initiated. The DTT has a bypass/test point for diagnosis. To terminate defrost manually:
1. Unplug the refrigerator
2. Turn the cold control “on” (Compressor is on)
3. Plug in the refrigerator
The defrost cycle is terminated and refrigeration cycle resumes.
Replace the dang adaptive defrost if you cannot get any response.

Posted on May 10, 2009

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SOURCE: freezer works, but fridge doesn't

try checking the fan in the freezer at the top which pushes the coldness over to the freezer

Posted on Jul 09, 2009

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