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Fridge section of whirlpool fridge/freezer not working, compressor not running, freezer seems ok at the moment

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Hello there:
I will post this in 2 separate post so you will be able to troubleshoot this fully ok?
f the refrigerator or freezer isn't cooling properly or if one is and the other isn't , you need to answer some questions, then see if the compressor is running. First, answer these questions: Is the refrigerator completely dead? If so, see “It's stopped completely.” Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? If not, reset it. Next, see if the compressor motor is running The compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It's on the outside of the refrigerator at the back near the bottom. If it is humming or making a continuous noise and your refrigerator is still not cooling, there may be a more serious problem with one or more of several different components, we recommend contacting a qualified appliance repair technician for further help. If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator, there may be a problem with one or more of these: in next post

Posted on May 27, 2010

  • Michael Thomas
    Michael Thomas May 27, 2010

    Cooling is poor

    A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but
    poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:




    Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost
    build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with
    dust, lint, and dirt.

    Evaporator coils

    Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost
    build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without
    removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there
    is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside
    walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually
    indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door

    The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost
    approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the
    components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator
    continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on
    the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the
    coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils
    are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the
    refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

    Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to
    determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all
    of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the
    thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24
    to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting
    frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the
    refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has
    completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If
    the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one
    of three components in the self-defrosting system:

  • Michael Thomas
    Michael Thomas May 27, 2010

    Please keep me posted on how this is going so i can continue to help you with this ok?
    Hope all of this is very helpful for you
    Best regards Michael



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