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Compressor runs for 5sec.

Compressor runs for about 5 sec. Fridge is not keeping anything cold and Freezer is not keeping anything frozen. 'fridge running on / off every 5-10 seconds, not freezing and not staying cold

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Your relay and overload on side of compressor is bad.you can replace with original parts or a 3-n-1 hard to start.

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Compressor runs for 5sec.


the sound your hearing is most likely the starter relay for your compressor. this is a common failure part for this model whirlpool. if the unit is out of warranty you can purchase part# 8201786 from any local appliance parts deealer, online at numerous parts suppliers or the easiest in my opinion sears partsdirect.com. the kit is a plug and play part and has very good instructions so that you could replace it yourself. the part should be less than 65-70 dollars. 
I do reccomend that you unplug the refrig to prevent damage to your compressor.

If you have any further questions please leave a comment here and I'll be glad to assist you in any way I can. thanks Peyton

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