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Refrigerator has started turning off on weekends for no reason

We have a Whirlpool Gold refrigerator in our office - it was donated nearly new about a year ago. For the last few weeks, we have come in Monday mornings and found it off. The lights are still on, but the freezer and fridge are no longer cooling. The setting is correct. The people who clean said they do not do anything, and since all the lights work on Monday morning (and on weekends for the cleaning people) we don't think the landlord has powered down the building for the weekend (there are stores downstairs also).

Why is it going off please?

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  • Ashlasko Aug 11, 2008

    No - thanks for responding. It is not controlled by a light switch. We turn the lights off every night when we leave. The last three Monday mornings we have found that the only thing working in the fridge is the light - somehow it stops cooling even though it is set to cool.

  • James Helmer
    James Helmer May 11, 2010

    Check and see if the wall outlet that supplies the power to the refrigerator is controlled by a light switch.

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Does it start cooling soon after the office is opened? It is possible that it is in a defrost cycle right at the time that you open the office. Frost free refrigerators are control by a defrost timer which may be starting defrost soon before the office is opened. Defrost time is 18-22 minutes. Or the thermostat could be sticking in the open position while there is little or no door traffic. When you open the office and check its operation it could be what is restarting the system operation. If this is the case replace the thermostat.

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