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Whirlpool GS6NBEXRL01 was short cycling, then freezer too warm, now fridge too warm - replace run capacitor? Or ... ?

FunChefChick

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Location
Snohomish, WA
Model Number
GS6NBEXRL01
Brand
Whirlpool
Age
More than 10 years
Short version: My fridge was short-cycling for a while and I knew it was an ominous sign. Last week my freezer started being too warm and when I cranked the controls to FULL cold, it got colder, at least so far. Now the fridge is too warm and I'm trying to troubleshoot and/or wait to see if it recovers. Is it worth trying to replace . .. maybe the run capacitor? Or just limp along until I can afford to replace the appliance?

I inherited a 2005 Whirlpool fridge which came with my house 3 years ago. I noticed some months ago that the fridge/freezer seemed to be "short cycling" - mainly because I noticed my ice kept melting and refreezing and I mean constantly, and I could hear the fridge firing up pretty frequently. No frost or ice buildup that I can see. Life has been busy; I ignored it but made a note to investigate when time/life permitted. Otherwise fridge/freezer seemed fine. I also realized that this fridge/freezer was almost certainly a refurb/scratch-dent model which the builder put in, as the year of manufacture predates the year the house was built and I have no idea about its history. (And also noticed that the manufacturer's sticker for the dishwasher had been removed, and it's also no longer working very well .. so yeah. New dishwasher and fridge have been on the list to budget for/replace as soon as possible)

Last week I noticed that my freezer was too warm. Ice cream was pretty soft; I put a sensor in the freezer and the temp read around 8-10 degrees, where I expected it to be 0 degrees F. I cranked the controls up to max cold, and it's now been back down to 4 degrees, sometimes lower. Seems okay for now. But also . . . planning to replace fridge soon-ish when budget allows. I don't love the layout and I miss the french door model I used to have anyways.

Today I went to grab a soda from the fridge and .... it is NOT as cold as it should be. Put sensor in the fridge - two, actually - and it was reading 43 or 47 depending on which one we believe. I usually set mine around 35 or so . . so this is too warm.

I cranked up the fridge controls to FULL COLD and I'm waiting - hoping - that the fridge temp drops back down below 40 if I'm lucky. It seemed like it was dropping ... but now it's reading between 48-50 on all 3 shelves. Sigh. (Yes the door has been closed the whole time while waiting). Quick online search suggests replacing the run capacitor. Which I don't know how to do, but could try.

My question is: is there trouble-shooting I should do? Should I reboot the thing? Or is there a chance that if it loses power that it doesn't fire back up after and I've got a completely dead fridge at that point, as opposed to the limping-along fridge I have now?

I've got a backup freezer to store my freezer contents ... but no backup fridge. And I'm a good couple of weeks away before I can afford a new fridge (at least, the kind I would want). Troubleshoot? Parts? Or just limp along and hope it survives until a new fridge can arrive? Is it time to start moving all the things which can be frozen to the backup freezer ?

I don't know anything about fridge/freezer repair so . .. please be kind.
 

Jake

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Location
Vicksburg Junction, Arizona
Hi,

When you say short cycling is the entire refrigerator shutting down completely? No fans or compressor running? Then it comes on by-itself in short time or does it stay off a long time? If so, that's usually the main control board starting to go bad on these models.

The main control board is located in the back of the refrigerator.

Here's the main control board for your model, but its been discontinued:
WPW10135090 Electronic Control Board


Yes, at that point its time to go refrigerator shopping.

Jake
 

FunChefChick

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Location
Snohomish, WA
I mean it comes on for a short time and then off again, fairly often. Some how it's come back to life temporarily - cranking the controls to 'full cold' got both the fridge and freezer sides back into regular zones, or close to it . .. and yep I'm shopping for a new one as we speak! I'm relieved this fridge is limping along currently so I have a minute to look for a deal, whew.

thanks very much for the info!
 

Jake

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Ok, sounds good.:)

Thanks for the update!

Jake
 
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