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Fridge will not run. Only the light is on. This unit sat unused for a few years. When I plugged

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Old 11-27-2012, 08:35 AM
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Default Whirlpool Fridge - Will not run - Light is on
Model Number: ET8WTKXKQ0   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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Fridge will not run. Only the light is on. This unit sat unused for a few years. When I plugged it in it ran for a few seconds (3-5) then quit.

I read an old post elsewhere that described bypassing the cold control thermostat. I tried that, nothing happens. I do hear the mechanical motor of what I think is the defrost rely near the cold control therm. I can hear it purr whether the thermostat is jumped or not.

Any advice to trouble shoot further?


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Old 11-27-2012, 10:28 AM
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You seem to be missing the last digit or so in the model number.
Here are the units that come up when I search using your number.
See Matching Model Numbers panel.

If the unit has a defrost timer then you may be in a defrost cycle.
Give it half an hour to see if it comes out of defrost.
If not turn the defrost timer cam to force it out.
There is usually a hole in the control console cover to let you do this without dismantling anything.
If it now comes out of defrost, replace the timer.
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Originally Posted by denman View Post
You seem to be missing the last digit or so in the model number.
Here are the units that come up when I search using your number.
See Matching Model Numbers panel.

If the unit has a defrost timer then you may be in a defrost cycle.
Give it half an hour to see if it comes out of defrost.
If not turn the defrost timer cam to force it out.
There is usually a hole in the control console cover to let you do this without dismantling anything.
If it now comes out of defrost, replace the timer.
Thanks for the tip. After reading a bit more on this problem it was what I was thinking. I had it apart anyway and can hear the timer running so I just turned the cam.

Unit started right up. Must have been just coincidence that the timer was was ready to activate defrost as I plugged it in. Seems to run fine now.

Thanks for your help!!
Last digit was '7', it was separated from the rest and didn't notice it.
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You are welcome.

Does not sound like you will need any parts but here is a link to them just in case.
Parts for Whirlpool ET8WTKXKQ07 Refrigerator - AppliancePartsPros.com

If nothing else it will show you where the parts are located.
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