WHIRLPOOL REFRIGERATOR DOES NOT GET COOL
This may have come too late to do any good but I'll post it anyway.
Let's start with the simple.
Verify the lights turn on when you open the door. If not and you know the lights are good, check your circuit (breaker/fuse) panel for tripped or blown fuses. Replace or reset as needed.
If lights work, temporarily turn your temperature knobs as high as they will go and listen for the compressor to turn on. If it doesn't you may have a bad thermostat, or the fridge is in defrost mode which turns the compressor off and the heater on so that it can defrost the coils. To cycle the defrost timer, look for a hole in the thermostat plastic housing cover and with a fairly wide screwdriver blade turn the one way shaft a little bit to a 1/4 turn and see if the compressor and fan turns on now. The timer shaft is sloped on both sides and turns only one way, so if it doesn't engage with the screwdriver tip, turn it the other way and you will feel some resistance when you turn it the right way. If the compressor does turn on, your defrost timer (the part you turned) is likely bad.
If the compressor turned on when you set the thermostat to high, check the ducts at the back of the fridge for cold air blowing from them. If the air isn't blowing, your coil (evaporator coil) fan may be bad (seized up). The fan only runs when the compressor is running. Excessive frost build-up on the coils can reduce or stop cold air from being dispersed in the fridge. If the defrost timer fails to rotate to the defrost cycle, humidity from opening the doors of the fridge will eventually clog the coils with frost and the cold air will be stopped from entering the fridge causing the compressor to run continuously and the interior to be warm.
If your issue turns out to be a compressor or refrigerant issue a licensed professional will have to take it from there.
It sounds like a lot but it's easier than it sounds!
Aug 16, 2013 |