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Whirlpool Fridge Intermitently Stops Cooling


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#1 bgaidan

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 02:21 PM

The model number seems to be worn off the sticker inside so I'm not sure what I'll do about tracking down parts...

 

Occassionally I'll come home and hear this Fridge make a somewhat loud click on and then about 15 seconds later a click off.   When I hear this I know it's the fridge gods telling me that I'll soon have warm food.   Usually a good jolt to the fridge will make it start working properly again until the next time it does it....which can be anywhere from a day to a couple weeks.

Obviously something inside (a switch of some sort?) is getting stuck and giving the fridge a little jolt releases it.  The clicking noise appears to be coming from the compressor area in the rear of the fridge.  I also noticed that the refrigerant lines are fairly hot when this is happening.

Readig through this forum it leads me to believe that the defrost timer may be bad.  How do I test for this?  Where is the durn thing in the first place?  Or am I completely off base with this assumption? 

Also, is there a good way to determine the model number of the fridge if I can't read the orriginal nameplate?

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 04:42 PM

Sounds like the compressor is overheating and cutting out on the overload.  Clean the condensor coils and make sure the condensor fan motor is running.  Pull the frig out and access all of this from the rear bottom of the unit.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:25 PM

How do I get to the condensor?  It appears that there are no access pannels on the front or rear of the Fridge.  Do I need to tip it to access them from the bottom? 

Although when I just pulled it out to look I noticed that the compressor and lines are exceptionally hot - almost too hot to hold my hand on them.  Is this a sign that the condensor is dead?


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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:26 PM

This is what I see when I look at the back.  I'm guessing that harness goes to the fan:

 

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:37 PM

Without a model number I could not tell what sort of system this box had, looks like you have the static condensor, it is on the back of the box, is not underneath nor do you have a condensor fan motor. If your compressor and freon lines are that hot sounds like the compressor is going down.
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