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Thremostat problem thermostat not working inside is freezing up ,how do I change this

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  • bartyarmy Feb 18, 2008

    Thank you I might have given you the wrong serial number, its a whirlpool larder fridge ,on the rh side when you open the door is the light and thermostat unit . one screw on the electrical trunking that goes to the back I have undone that and the light/thermostat can be pushed forward then out there is a thermo couple going in to the skin .but that is it.!!!!! I can'nt seem to go any further help please

  • bartyarmy Feb 18, 2008

    what do i do with the electrics that come along the trunking to the light /themostat and how do you take them apart .thank this is getting interesting how to do it

  • bartyarmy Feb 19, 2008

    this is looking in the button on the front is the door switch hope this helps front viewshowing the trunking and screw

  • bartyarmy Feb 19, 2008

    yes the knob comes off ,I undid the small screw and managed to push the housing back a couple of mm then out but thats it i cannot see how it attached ,the tube comes out of the housing and into the side panel .do you need photos of this .thanks is this helping

  • bartyarmy Feb 20, 2008

    I haven't ,I've just pulled it off while still connected to see whats behind the tube goes into a hole about a inch /25mm dia .Because I didn't want to do any damaage I left this alone .I could not see any way of getting "in the unit where the dial came off and the fridge light .Have you changed one of these before ?

  • bartyarmy Mar 06, 2008

    Hi sorry i didn't get back to you I will try to get some photos on monday for you to have a look at the problem thank for being patience


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Most panels pop into place. You need to find the one panel that overlaps all others and start prying them off there. Some only need the panel holding the thermostat taken out. Some you pull the control knob off and there is a screw under that holds the control in place. There is a long capillary tube that must be handled carefully to not bend to sharply. Braking it will make it inoperable. The tube hold a charge of nitrogen gas, if lost causes it to not respond to temp changes..... If you get to it only take it out far enough to pull one of the electrical wire off and see if this stops the unit from running to confirm it as bad...

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  • Timothy Smith Feb 18, 2008

    Is it the capillary tube on the thermostat that is going into the skin? If so sometimes it will be into a larger tube that holds it next to the freezer lining. With age it has some amount of corrosion and does not pull out easily. Is it possible to use a small mirror and push into the opening to see if it does go into a tube? If you are sure the thermostat is bad, then you should not be worried about damaging the cap/thermocouple tube and just real put some pressure on it to get it out. Maybe spraying a lube of some type will help, hopefully one that won't leave a heavy odor. Putting the new one back in will be much easier...

  • Timothy Smith Feb 19, 2008

    I may need some pictures here to see what you see...

  • Timothy Smith Feb 19, 2008

    Will the knob pull off? It should and then you should be able to see how it is held in the housing. The plastic cover going back to the back of the freezer will most likely have ears that snap into the side. Try squeezing the sides in and gently pulling out starting nearest the light to see if this works. Not sure you will need to go that far without seeing more. It may just need pulled toward the front once the screw is out and the thermostat/light is out.

  • Timothy Smith Feb 20, 2008

    yes pics help long is the tube you have out?

  • Timothy Smith Feb 21, 2008

    I can't say that I have this exact one, but several similar. With pics of the unit with knob off and views from the back I should be able to guide you along. This would be so much easier in person........


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