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Refrigerator not cooling.

Lights come on and evaporator fan in freezer section runs. Fan in condenser section runs. The lights blink when power goes to the compressor but they quickly blink again like the compressor is trying to turn on but can't. Is this an indication that the compressor starter may be defective or the compressor may itself may be defective?

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  • tomajud Jun 02, 2008

    Thank you for responding. I didn't expect a response because I clicked away from the site without submitting my post.

    Our refrigerator is a Whirlpool, side by side, Model Number:
    GD5SHAXKB00.

    Neither section of the refrigerator is cooling at all. The lights in both sections come on and the fan in the rear of the freezer section above the evaporator coil is running. Also the fan next to the compressor located under the bottom of the refrigerator is running. When I turn the thermostat from the off position to the maximum cool position, the lights blink like the compressor is being called upon to start running, but it doesn't start and in just a few seconds the lights blink again like the voltage to the compressor has been cut off. In a few seconds this repeats. So I turned the thermostat back to the off position again until the problem is corrected.

    I'm prepared to order a start capacitor or starter assembly for the compressor just to see if this will correct the problem. If it doesn't, then I suppose the compressor is likely defective and will need to be replaced by a qualified technician.

    What do you think?


  • tomajud Jun 02, 2008

    The compressor doesn't have a separate motor. It is a sealed unit and the motor is inside the sealed unit and therefore doesn't require lubrication. If the compressor is defective, it is not repairable. It must be replaced.

    However, there is a separate starter capacitor that could be defective and the compressor can't start up if the starter capacitor is defective.

    I will order the capacitor and replaced it and if that doesn't correct the problem, I will have it repaired by a qualified service technician.

    Thank you very much for your help.


  • Andrew Lauder May 11, 2010

    What model / make unit is this unit? Chances are this is an error code and it will need service.



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If the compressor is extremely hot, it could be seized, if this is the case you would have to have a new one installed.

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Can you turn the compressor by hand? Did you clean the area around the motors with a vacuum and blown out the armature of the motor? What connects the motor to the compressor? Are there lub ports on the drive motor?

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    Glenn Rogers Jun 02, 2008

    Good Luck. You could put a meter on the capacitor and see if it gets voltage when you turn the thermostat down. I suspect you've done that.

    Worldvet


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