I have a Whirlpool bottom mount freezer that is about 15 years old,the refrigrator stopped working (not blowing cold air) but the freezer is still working.I was wondering what kind of problems might cause this and if this thing is worth fixing.Thanks
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Re: refrigrator stopped working
Morning, This seems quite a easy problem to fix.! Check to see if the f/.freezer has to compressors (motors)? If so the you find that is more than likely to be that the fridge thermostat has broken. A very easy way of checking if you electrially minded is to remove the thermostat from the housing a connect the live and common wires together and switch on, It then should switch on if there is no other problems, Then just replace the stat.
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Try to remove rear wall of freezer to check frost pattern. An even but light patter of frost on full coil is normal. Coils full of frost with aluminum almost fully hidden generally means defrost problem. Heavier frost on the bottom coils and gradually tapering off as you go up until the top coils have no frost usually means a leak of freon or a bad compressor.
The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent
between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through
it.There is a flap you adjust with the
fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the
fridge temp .
If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer
are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of
cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.
You said, freezer is fine the refrigerator is 50-65 does not get colder than
50.the evaporator fan is working but it seems to be blowing very little
Have a 1998 Hotpoint Model # CTX16CAZDRAD Serial # ZS738209. The
refrigerator is not cooling. Temp is at 66 degrees with setting at 5.
The Freezer is working, but it seems to be running all the time. Please
There are a few things that come to mind!
The Freezer is working, but it seems to be running all the time, you said!.
This could be a bad thermostat!
But lets try some simple maintenance first!
Is your freezer packed too the hilt with packages???????
Where the articles cover the air vents in the freezer?
The freezer and the fridge share the cold air and the passages must not
be blocking the cold air from moving out of the freezer!.Search your
Also your fridge is 10 years old!
Did you ever remove the plastic grille at the bottom of the fridge
along the front, and GENTLY run a refrigerator brush along the black
metal tubes running back and forth under the fridge?
( You can buy this brush at any hardware store $10.)
They must not be covered in ten years of lint and dust. These narrow
tubes carry the freon and run in this parallel fashion back and forth,
so they are cooled by the air being **** through them.
if not and they overheat your fridge will get warm.
If the tubes are found to be covered or submerged in dust sometimes I
have found them one to two inches thick in dust, and sometimes they
are even not visible until you clean the dust out.
Then it will take 10 to 24 hours for the system to get back to full
working temperature again. As long as the heat did not cause permanent
if these are not the answer, then you may need a hands on diagnoses!
BUT, most of the time these two things are what I find!
Let me know how it goes!!!!!!!!
Thank You for asking my advice!
Huuum Please remember to leave a rating for me!
You said, you got this whirlpool double door refrigerator for 4 years.
about 1.5k. the second year, right after warranty, the main brain is
down-the light panel in the refrigerator is off. whirlpool tech told me
to replace it will cost me 500, so you decide not to do it. Now you
bad frosting issue for 6 month. Inside the Refrigerator, the water keep
on dripping on side wall and glass drawer ceiling. In the freezer,
frosting all over each drawer, and the bottom drawer has too many
frosting and ice that i can hardly close the door. Last night, the
refrigerator section just don't get cold anymore, it shuts up by itself.
Help!! It is an very expensive refrigerator and ONLY 4 years old .
First,I think you need to have a new tech.
It sounds like you have either an air leak allowing out side air in and this causes the icing.
Or you may need some freon (coolant gas) .
If your freon pressure is low it can ice up.
Did that tech that was there check for a freon leak and also check the pressure of the freon in the lines???
You need to call a different tech and let him see what's happening.
Some company that is reliable!
Let me know what they do for you. God bless, Huuum please remember to leave a rating.
Thre is a fan inside the freezer which circulates the cold air around both the fridge and the freezer compartments.
You should be able to feel cold air blowing around the inside, particularly at the top of the freezer.
If the defrost thermostat fails open, the internal fan (depending on freezer) will stop and this can be the cause of the freezer being warm at the top and no ice.
You say the bottom of the freezer is blowing cold, but are you sure its blowing, as it can feel like a cold blow. Of course the fan could have failed or may be the defrost heater itself.
Have a look at this site for some useful trouble shooting
And a good site for troubleshooting and general info Refrigeration Help Section, Fridges, refrigerators, not cold enough, frost free problems and how to test, noisy fan motors, clicking on and off compressors, door gaskets
Sounds like a defrost problem. Check to see if
there is any frost buildup in the back wall of the freezer. If so, it is not
defrosting as it should.
bad defrost timer/control unit
bad defrost heater (in freezer)
bad thermo switch in freezer
you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice melt in
the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if is
cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above
items. If it still has a problem then it might be the compressor and you should
probably replace the machine.