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Old 08-05-2009, 07:45 AM
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Model Number: ed2phexmq00   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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Got home from work yesterday and all the ice had melted in my freezer and things weren't that cool in the fridge.

Everything seems to be running, like the lights, fans, etc. It stays running now, but every 30-45 seconds I hear a click & hum, then it goes off.

What could this problem be? I've got my ideas of what it may be, as I've looked around online, but would like a direct answer for my problem.

Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:59 AM
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Sounds like the start relay on your compressor. Remove the cover panel at the bottom rear of the frige and feel the compressor. Is it hot? cool?. Unplug it for about a minute. Plug it back in, and see if the compressor starts. If it doesn't, the relay may be the culprit.
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That's what I was thinking. Can you point out the relay part on your parts page: Replacement parts for WHIRLPOOL ED2PHEXMQ00 | AppliancePartsPros.com

or do you know the part number for my ed2phexmq00 model?

Thanks for the quick response!
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I would like to know if this worked for you. I did the same thing earlier in the week on my Amana and it appears everything was good again. Then today the problem started again. The freezer not cooling was always intermittent for the last month or so and now seems that I didn't fix it by replacing the relay. It still clicks and hums for 20 secs. Does this mean my comperssor is going out?
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Here's the part: Part number: AP3885081

Part number: AP3885081
It's attatched directly to the compressor, under a plastic cover.
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yep, that is the part I replaced.
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I'll probably try to find the part locally this weekend -- or buy online if I can't find one.

Luckily we've got a spare fridge in the garage that's holding everything for now...

Will update with the results later! Thanks for that part #
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If you get the relay, don't forget to clean everything out under there when you have it apart, front and back. Mine was so full of dirt and dust I don't think there was any air moving through there cooling my compressor which may have been the source of the problem.
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Yes. Dirt and lint caked on the condenser coil will cause premature failure of the system; causing the compressor to work harder, and the condenser won't be able to dissipate the heat as efficiently as designed.
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Well I don't know how JD came out on his issue but here is an update on mine. Got the new relay, cleaned out the bottom of the coils, compressor and every where else I could find dirt. I still here the compressor having problems starting once in a while (the clicking and humming noises). It still appears to be holding on and not completely thawing out but I am wondering if the compressor is failing
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