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Fridge/Freezer random shutdown

I have a Whirlpool GD25DFXFW02. Just recently, the fridge and freezer will suddenly stop working but still has power (lights and ice despenser continue to function). If I turn the thermostat down to 0 (off) and turn it back up to 3, the motor kicks back on and things are fine again (for a day or two). I'm guessing it has something to do with the thermostat. Any ideas?

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Greg

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Without turning off can you just wiggle the control up and down a little perhaps smack the knob to get it to go on , that would tell me you have a short in thermostat for sure

Posted on Mar 18, 2008

  • grendel714 Jun 06, 2011

    Hey Aborcass,
    I just posted an almost identical problem yesterday with the same unit (GD25DFXFW02).

    If I turn the controls down due to freezer and fridg getting too cold, the next day everything is warming up. Then I turn up the controls and nothing until I hit the controls with the palm of my hand and then the unit kicks on. After that it seems like the unit keeps running all the time and everything freezes up again and I have to turn down the controls and the same thing happens all over again. A vicious cycle I know...so I was guessing thermostat not working but would like your opinion. I haven't found my problem posted in this forum yet so I will check back to this one for answer.

    Maybe you could help us both.
    Thanks!

  • Ron Coons
    Ron Coons Jun 06, 2011

    for sure sounds af if there is an issue witht eh cold control(thermostat). either stayin on too long, or when it cycles off, will not restart. by you "hittting it with the palm of your hand", you are jolting the control back on. I would feel pretty comfortable that replacing that control will correct your issue

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