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Hello All, First Thank you for all the help that has gotten me to this point. I have this Whilpool,

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Old 09-22-2009, 03:51 PM
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Model Number: et8chmxktq4   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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Hello All, First Thank you for all the help that has gotten me to this point. I have this Whilpool, 03 build year. At first the fridge would ground fault, took it apart and found that the fan in the freezer had a broken ground wire, put that back together and she fired right up. I did have frost on the the coils, then the starter relay bit the dust. Put a 3 in one unit on it and the compressor fired right up. So now both fans and compressor are running but im not getting ANY cooling. Checked the defrost timer, and everything else should be good to go. Whats my next step? Thank you in advance.


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Old 09-23-2009, 04:05 AM
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Whats my next step?
Time to take a step backwards.

Remove the evaporator cover.
Check the coils .
If they are heavily frosted/iced over you have a defrost problem.
If they only have frost on part of the coils you probably have a low freon problem. It is usually around where the freon enters the evap coils from the compressor.
Since the compressor is running if you have no frost/cooling on the evaporator coils, my guess is that the compressor is toast.
If the frost is fairly even but it is not cooling efficiently check/clean the condenser coils and check that the compressor fan is running.

For low freon and blown compressor, it probably makes more sense to buy a new unit rather than put dollars into this one as both these problems are fairly expensive to repair.
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:58 AM
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whats strange is the unit DID cool, then it was transported now nothing. Could something have been damaged in transport?
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:16 PM
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Was it laid down during transport.
If it was It should have been left standing for 24 hours before plugging it back in.

Could well be that it was damaged during transport
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it was, and before I could tell the person that, they had plugged in it already ( as soon as it came from transport) what damage could that have caused?

Backstory - Working Fridge was sold, now the purchaser claims it doesn't work.
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It can contaminate the lines running up to the evaporator etc.

Often just unplugging it and letting it sit for the 24 hours will correct the problem. But this is just an often as turning the unit on can contaminate the lines further up.
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Thank you very much, that seems like a likely problem. Is there any way to flush the lines, or is that at the point where you should just get a new fridge?
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Is there any way to flush the lines, or is that at the point where you should just get a new fridge?

Probably time for a new unit.
Emptying, flushing and then refilling the freon lines is not going to be cheap.

I would try letting it sit for the 24 hours.
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Thank you for your help, unfortunately he already tried that. I knew it was working when it left my possession so this is a very plausible reason for the failure. Thanks again!
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