Question about Whirlpool Refrigerators
The refrig. is about 12 years old.
The fan in the freezer may have stopped working. Or it could be the defrost drain tube is stopped up. Remove the rear plate in the freezer to expose the fan motor. With the rear cover off You can see if the freezer box has frozen over the drain. If so unplug refrigerator use a hair dryer to melt the ice. Keep heating the drain area until water runs down through the drain. Fan motors are available by model number on line or at local appliance stores.
Posted on Dec 31, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sounds like a defrost failure.
Look on the back wall of the freezer from the inside.
If it is covered in ice your defrost system has failed.
Also check the fan motor in the freezer.
If it is not running it must be replaced.
Posted on Feb 24, 2011
Testimonial: "It was the fan. got it turning and is now cooling fine and defrosting. Thanks : )"
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Your Refrig/freezer should be set as follows:
Refrigerators: 36 to 40 degrees. Ideal temp is 37 Fahrenheit. Note: A temp above 42 degrees promotes bacteria.
Freezer: temp should be -5 to 6 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideal temp is 0 degrees.
Then check the door seals around the edges to see if any splits, tears or cracks have messed up the seal. This will cause your compressor to constantly run as it's trying to cool off the warm house is being sucked into the freezer (or Refrig). A sure sign the door seals are damaged is lots of ice in the freezer door area or water pooling in the bottom area of the refrigerator.
Wait about 4 hrs after you readjusted the Refrigerator/Freezer settings so everything settles down. If you still have problems then the coolant may need to be serviced (topped off) or the motor serviced/checked.
Don't procrastinate because a water heater and Refrig/freezer are the 2 largest energy users in your home- they run 24 hrs a day.
Hope this helps...
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