Question about Whirlpool (ET8FTEXSQ) Top Freezer Refrigerator
The fridge i have have started accumulating ice in the freezer behind the freezer box and the the cool air does not pass to the beolw chamber and the whole fridge stops working. if i deforst it for 24 hours. it starts working again and the problem re starts after 4 - 5 days the freezer is not able to get rid of ice accumulation on the pipes that create the chilling temp.
Chances are your defrosting clock is stuck or quit working.
The clock works as timer to set time for defrost, at which time it stops the compressor, and turns a heater tube next the cooling coils to melt ice. It depends on your expertise if you want to try replacement,as most replacement are universal, and some rewiring is sometime involved. The clock is usually in front at the bottom behind the removable grill, or in the back. It looks like a square box with a dial that has a one way turn knob. To check use flat screwdriver to slowly turn dial (you can only turn one way) until the compressor stops, then wait to see if compressor starts back on it's own (it might take as long as 30 min.).
If it does not start it's bad and need replacement. Of course you can turn dial again until it starts again so you can use fridge. If it does start it could still have been the problem where the clock got stuck, and you got it going again by turning the knob, but let it run. If it works for a while and then have the same problem again the replace clock.
Hope this helps you
Posted on Dec 15, 2007
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