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Old 07-27-2011, 06:49 PM
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Model Number: GD5YHAXTL01   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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My refrigerator is not cooling and i know something wrong inside the control box. the problem is i unable to open the control box. i appreciate if some one can give me step by step instruction to how to open it up from the refrigerator.

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Part Details - WHIRLPOOL Control Box, part number: AP2984350


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Old 07-28-2011, 10:23 AM
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Hello kekekeaaa. If your looking at the diagram, you will remove the two screws on the back of the box #1. Then you will use a flat blade putty or butter knife and unsnap the cover #25 from the box. Once removed, you will remove the two screws #13 in the upper corners and remove screw #7. The control box should drop down. Hope this helps.
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I'm having problems with the cooling on the fresh food side of the 1997 Amana SRD25S5L side by side here. I need to know how to get the cover off of the thermostatic control box on the back upper rear of the inside of the fresh food side.

The coils are well cleaned (compressed air and vacuumed, do have light forst on them, and when on "full cool" for both sides of the Freezer gets to below 5 degrees but the fresh food hovers between 40 and 42 degrees. We also left the unit off and open for 5 hours before restarting it.

This unit has a door shelf on the fresh food side for beverages (gallon jugs of milk, etc) which has a drop down cover and a separate cool air supply and that get to 32 degrees or cooler as it will put a skim of ice on the milk.

When this door is left open (up) the rest of the fresh food section drops to below 36 degrees.

I can feel a small amount of cool air coming from around the thermostatic control cover.

My Diagnosis is that the damper between the freezer and the fresh food section is not opening. I suspect this to be a mechanical device connected to the cooling control for the fresh food side.

My question: How do I get the cover off of the thermostatic control? Do the 2 control knobs need to be pulled off first?

We bought this unit new in 1997, and hate to spend over a grand if this is a very simple problem easily fixed. Also realize that the cost of a repair visit would probably equal at least 10% of the cost of a replacement unit and on a 16 year old unit which has lived out its average expected life, seems excessive. Thank you for any assistance.

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Refrigerator Temperature Control
1. Remove control knobs (nonelectronic models).
2. Loosen bracket on bottom left of cover to allow
cover to be rotated forward.
3. Pull bottom of cover out until it unsnaps. Continue
tilting cover out until top tabs release and remove
cover.
4. Remove insulation over top of damper.
5. Remove styrofoam filler piece from control body
exposing two mounting screws.
6. Remove mounting screws to remove control.
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Jeff,
I had previously posted this question on this forum and gotten suggestions which told me lots of things I didn't need to ask.

Thank you for the prompt, direct, and concise answer to my direct question. You have restored my faith in this site!!!

We have guests coming tomorrow, but Thursday AM, after the "food level falls" will have a shot at solving my cooling problem. Any addition comments or suggestions would be appreciated

Thank you and the staff once again!!

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Based on the information you provided, it almost sounds as if there is an air flow issue. Check the return behind the drawers in the bottom of the fresh food and the freezer section for blockage. Also, make sure the unit is not packed out with food so the air can circulate in the unit. If all of this is good, you will need to check the damper in the control panel section.
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Jeff,
Again, thank you very much for the additional info to my question re: our nearly antique Amana frig. The addition info will be applied. I'm planning to use my shop vack to be sure these passages are clear. Any contra-indication to using the "blower" function of my shop vac to "back flush" any of these passages??

Much obliged once more. I'll post my reply later this week and update you if you don't mind.

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There should not be a need to blow these out. Usually on service calls, I will find cheese slices or lids, something small, blocking these openings and preventing air flow inside the cabinet. Let me know what you find out on it.
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Jeff,
I removed the mechanical thermostat and the fresh food section temp dropped to 32 before I cut the freezer control up to 5. Currently the Fresh food side is at 34 - 36 and the freezer is still well below freezing. Obviously I need a new fresh food damper mechanical thermostat aas the one I have closes at 40 degrees.

My question: should I buy just the mechanical thermostat of the thermostat with the damper assembly?

I'd appreciate your answer as well as the link to that specific part on this site. This is an 1997 Amana SRD25S5L side by side refrigerator.

Again, Thanks.
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If it were me repairing the unit, I would order the damper assembly. [part]Part number: AP4253513

Part number: AP4253513
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