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Old 04-28-2013, 08:01 AM
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Default Refrigerator stops cooling
Model Number: ET1MTKXKT01   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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My refrigerator stops cooling (frozen food starts to defrost, light is on but no fan or compressor running).

If I unplug the unit for a minute or two and plug it back in, everything comes back on and runs fine for a few days.

Whirlpool
Model ET1MTKXKT01
Serial EL4528863

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance,
Dan


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Old 04-29-2013, 06:14 AM
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Since unplugging it, resets it. It sounds like an electronic problem and this points to the adaptive defrost control board (item 4 in the Liner Parts section) re: it is getting stuck in a defrost cycle.

To raise the odds of it being this part try turning the temperature control up/down a bit. Do not turn it off.
If it fires up then it could the the control thermostat.
If it does nothing then odds are higher that it is the defrost board.
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Any harm in putting it on a timer to shut off for 15 min each day so I don't lose anything in the freezer until I replace the control unit?

Thx,
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Any harm in putting it on a timer to shut off for 15 min each day so I don't lose anything in the freezer until I replace the control unit?
I am not sure if this will stop the defrost cycle from running.
But even if it does the evaporator coils will freeze over and cause problems.
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