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jimmj43  
#1 Posted : Monday, September 21, 2009 12:34:43 PM(UTC)
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I'm guesstimating this refrigerator's age. I just got it - used, and not working, reported by my great niece's husband (Who drinks WAY too much! :rolleyes: ) to have a "bad compressor". Statistically, I'll take that bet. I have yet to even plug it in, opting instead to [I]do my homework[I] and find (and print out) both an owner's manual and a parts listing. Alas, there was no electrical wiring diagram included with either. Neither is one glued to the back of the unit. Can someone please point me to a source for a downloadable wiring diagram for this Whirlpool, model ET18TKXJW00 refrigerator?
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denman  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, September 22, 2009 4:00:41 AM(UTC)
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jimmj43  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:26:07 AM(UTC)
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Thanks, denman. That wiring diagram is just what I was looking for. And the links to the DIY help sites will come in handy too.

Here's a related set of questions regarding the replacement of the compressor:

I intend to use this fridge in the garage as a back-up & maybe to keep live bait, extra sodas beer & ice. Appearance, efficiency and quietness aren't high on the priority list. So how about using an "other" brand of compressor?

...Especially since an exact replacement is SO pricey, and ******** offerings are SO inexpensive, and because of this legal action.

From my rookie's-eye viewpoint, it appears that if an "other" brand replacement will physically fit and has a matching footprint, the same electrical specs, nearly identical plumbing, and the same R134A capacity, one should be as effective as another.

I have a sharply-limited fixed income, so it's either fix it or scrap it. Buying a new fridge isn't an option. Which leads to my final and probably most important question: Notwithstanding plenty of printed cautionaries saying "professional service required", what are the prospects of a reasonably-determined guy with a lifetime background of trouble-shooting & repair of "stuff" successfully replacing the refrigerator's compressor? My instinct tells me the trickiest part will be introducing the fresh R134A charge and sealing the system.
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