Question about Refrigerators
I noticed the refrigerator wasn't running and the inside temp was at 50 deg. I turned the timer knob and it started. The marked the timer knob and it is moving now and the refrigerator is working. Don't trust it though. Would you suggest a new timer or something else?
Some models have a timer that runs when the defrost thermostat closes. You could have caught the refrigerator in a defrost cycle. Watch the timer. If you do decide to replace it make sure it is wired correctly. The replacement timer will most likely have a "flying" lead that must me installed correctly to the right terminal or it will not advance as it is designed.
Posted on Feb 14, 2014
Testimonial: "Thanks for the advice Ty but it turned out to be the temperature control. I don't know why I could get the refrigerator to start by turning the timer knob, but what I found was that if I just tap slightly on the temperature control while the refrigerator was "hung up" and not starting, that it would start right up. There's a relay on the temperature control that's part of the assembly. I suppose when the thermocouple calls for start the relay is engaged, but the relay evidently has some bad contacts. I replaced the temperature control assembly and all is well. Thanks again!"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
A refrig cannot pull 40 amps in defrost , unless there is a direct short in the defrost system ( timer , heater , bimetal ) . I would use an extention cord ( for test purposes only ) , and try a different plug . Sounds like the circuit breaker is weak . In defrost , the MOST you should get , is 6 amps . This will not throw a 40 amp breaker . If you have an amp meter , remove the back refrig panel behind the refrig , and connect to one of the power cord lines (just not the green ground ) , turn into defrost and check the amps . This will tell you if short is in refrig , or weak breaker .
Posted on Sep 06, 2009
If the machine is under one year old, all working components are under factory warranty. Call for warranty service from selling dealer, or if you moved out of the area, an authorized Whirlpool warranty dealer.
Posted on Nov 25, 2009
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