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Whirlpool sbs fridge freezer - freezer stopped working

Motor had been getting louder over some time (cutting in&out as usual). Motor stopped working one day & so did freezer. Ice maker still works & lights come on, fridge not working as well as it should. Frame of fridge & freezer where door seals close against are very hot while power is on?? Icemaker was replaced a few weeks ago with success.

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There are 2 or 3 things that would cause this. first make sure the condenser coils are not plugged with dust (vacumn or blow them out) next check to make sure the fan that cools these coils is running, (this is the most likely problem). if both of these check out ok then you would need to check to make sure your interior lights ar going off when the doors are closed as these will add extra heat and cause the center rails to run hot. last and most uncommon would be a freon system problem.  

fyi there is a hot gas freon line that runs in between the doors to prevent exterior sweating. when poor or no air flow problems for the condenser coil exist it causes this area to become hotter. 
One more thing. if you do determine that the condenser fan motor is bad you can put a normal house fan blowing on to the coil to help cool this area down until you can get the unit repaired. 
If you need any further assistance leave me a comment here and I'll gladly get back to you. Thanks Peyton

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

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