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Whirlpool Gladiator Freezerator not cold

We have a Whirlpool Gladiator Freezerator (where you can choose to have the small section be a fridge or a freezer). It stopped cooling and we lost all the contents because we hadn't realized it wasn't cooling because the compressor & light still worked. Then we found out that our GFCI's in the garage had tripped also (fridge is not on GFCIs though). Is there some sort of reset on it that may have tripped? There is cold air blowing out in both sections, but not enough to cool the entire section. Any ideas??? Please help!!!

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  • penny_wohlst Sep 13, 2009

    How can i tell if which it is or do both have to be replaced? couldn't it be one or the other?

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Just had the same problem on my Freezerator, the compressor would cycle on for a few seconds and then off for about 5-10 minutes. No cooling. Replaced the overload sw and the start capacitor and system running cold and tru. Beer cold again, 0deg in freezer. Parts are available on the web, P/n 2169373 for the capacitor and 213615000 for the switch and housing...may be different # for the sw....PTM

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