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Whirlpool (GX5FHTXVY00) fridge stopped cooling

Nora Shepay

Member
Joined
May 5, 2022
Messages
1
Location
50310
Model Number
GX5FHTXVY00
Brand
Whirlpool
Age
More than 10 years
Hi,

Our whirlpool (GX5FHTXVY00) fridge stopped cooling a couple days ago. The freezer has continued to keep its temperature.

We have tested out a few things so far: Both fans spin freely. The condenser fan works when the unit is powered on, while the evaporator fan only works when directly applied power. We noticed a resistor for the control board failed and we tried a new board only to have the same evaporator fan resistor fail catastrophically upon programming (pictured). There is also some ice build up in the back of the freezer (pictured)

First picture is of original board with worn resistor. 2nd picture is of new board with failed resistor
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Thanks,
-Nick
 

Jake

Appliance Tech - Admin
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Joined
Aug 24, 2004
Messages
130,231
Location
Redmond, Oregon
Sounds like you have 2 problems, the evaporator fan motor is possibly shorting out that resistor.

Here's the evaporator fan motor for your model:
WPW10128551 Evaporator Fan Motor


The that ice/frost build-up on the right top side of the evaporator coil is a sealed system problem.

The sealed system consists of the compressor, condenser, evaporator, heat exchanger, filter/drier and refrigerant. Common problems with a sealed system are bad compressors, refrigerant leaks, and system restrictions.

Sealed system repair costs will often exceed the machines value. And at the age yours is now, it would cost more to fix than its worth.

Jake
 
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