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My whirlpool refrigerator (8 years old) is not cold and hums

My whirlpool refrigerator (8 years old) is not cold and is making a loud humming noise. The top freezer compartment is working, but larger bottom refrigerator is not cold. Can you advise?

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Possible of 3 reasons.

1) Defrost bimetal is open and not allowing power to heater element in evaporator coil in freezer.

2) Defrost timer is not going into defrost, motor stopped moving.

3) Evaprator fan motor is not rotating. Possible motor.

First check for frost in the back panel of the freezer section.
if there is frost and the fan is operating, would suggest manually putting unit into defrost, depending on particular model. may be a switch you can move with a standard screw driver to get the fans and compressor to shut off. If you find this either. Top of fridge in refrigerator section below temperature selection controls. Or remove toe plate, the pretty decor under the door. and it will be in there.

If this is an electronic style, look under that toe kick and there is a technician's sheet that will explain how to get into defrost.

Allow 10 minutes for heater to heat, listen for water sizzling on heater element. if this does work. you will need the defrost timer.

Hope this helps.

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Hi..Sounds like one of the solenoids is acting up.Solenoids are
electromechanical devices that can be used to turn the water
to the ice maker on/off and also operate the door/screw that
dispenses ice.It could also be a fan or motor that is making
the noise.
check it out..
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Posted on May 14, 2009

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