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Whirlpool ET22DK NOT Cooling

Have a Whirlpool ET22DK - runs fine, but not cooling at all. I tool the rear panel off and completely vaccumed the dust so everything is clean. Also took the panel off inside the rear of freezer and the coils weren't frozen.
What could be causing the fridge to not be cold (just stopped blowing cold one day...)???

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  • mahrcas May 17, 2009

    Fans in the rear panel and in the freezer are running, and there was no frost whatsoever when I removed the panel in the freezer (clean as a whistle).

    Which component is the compressor so I can go check it?

  • mahrcas May 17, 2009

    The condenser is warm to the touch, and there is not frost on the evaporator (assuming we're talking about the evaporator in the freezer).

    The fridge was unplugged for about a month until today when I took the panel off and started cleaning everything. It's only been plugged in for about 4 hours. I took the panel inside the freezer off and it is clean, flan is running, but no cold air. I am getting a few drops of water through the drain tube on the back (next to the condenser fan).

    Fridge is older than 5 years...

  • mahrcas May 17, 2009

    I'll have it run overnight. if there's no frost then I'll toss it, however, if there is some frost, what should I check next?

  • mahrcas May 17, 2009

    Vic,

    Will definitely rate your performance, and you've been a great help. Is it possible that it just needs R134, or how do I know that it indeed needs a compressor (assuming it doesn't frost at all by morning)? The fridge was at my work (not home) and when it stopped blowing cold they gave it to me so I don't have the entire story on it.

    Could it be stuck on something like the defrost cycle? Not sure how to check that. Basically want to check everything I can before tossing it since its in otherwise perfect condition. Thanks!

  • mahrcas May 17, 2009

    I let the refrigerator run overnight. Both fans are still running, there is NO frost whatsoever on the condenser (inside the freezer panel), and the compressor (black bottle? next to fan on back of fridge) is no longer warm to the touch.

    No funny noises, etc... simply not getting cold at all.

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Hi, Is the compressor running at all? Are the fans running? Whe you took the rear panel off in the freezer, was there any frost on it at all?

Vic

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    Victor May 17, 2009

    It is the motor down under the frig. It is dome shape and is black next to the condensor fan motor. It should be warm to the touch. If it is running and there is no frost at all on the evaporator...... NOT good news. Is it under 5 years old?

  • Victor
    Victor May 17, 2009

    Let it run for about two hours. Just rest the freezer panel against the evaporator. If in two hours you still have no frost (even a film of frost) you will probably need to replace the frig. It is alot of money to have someone change the compressor.

  • Victor
    Victor May 17, 2009

    If the evaporator totaly frosts, you should be ok. If it frosts now and in two weeks you get to much frost, then you need to check defrost cycle.

    Good luck



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    Victor May 17, 2009

    If it is stucck in defrost, the compressor or fans will not run. If it needs R134, that means there is a leak and will continue to leak unless patched. I hate to say but, if it doesn't frost, you are better off to toss it.



    Vic

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    Victor May 17, 2009

    Sounds like you will need a new frig. The compressor is bad.

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All indications are that this system is low on refrigerant. There is a leak somewhere in the system in order for this to happen. You can evacuate and recharge the system if you have access to the right equipment, but it will eventually fail again if the leak is not located and sealed.

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