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Suddenly stopped cooling

The motor seems to be working properly. When I removed the covers @ the bottom front and back found fins completely covered with dust. and compressor hot to the touch. Cleaned throughly and left unplugged allowing for cool off. Could I be so lucky??? What should I look for otherwise?

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  • rserbin Aug 03, 2008

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Highly possible the start relay burnt. looks like It's a very common issue with whirlpool side by side.

Take it out and check it.

Posted on Aug 04, 2008

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