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Whirlpool Refrigerator WRT3L1SZYW00 Won't Freeze

stonecold01

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Model Number
WRT3L1SZYW00
Brand
Whirlpool
Age
More than 10 years
We have had our garage fridge for about 4 years when the freezer just stopped freezing.

I have gone through and noticed a clicking noise from both the start relay and thermostat. After testing both devices I concluded they needed to be replaced. I have replaced the thermostat, run capacitor and start relay and the freezer won't freeze but gets to about 32-34 degrees. I have tried opening the fridge and freezer and pressing the button to turn the light off twice since I saw it could go back into factory mode if disconnected from power.

emptied freezer and now nothing is in it
- turned the cooling to it's coldest setting and only getting 32-34
- checked the seals on the cooler and freezer
- cleaned off the condenser coils
- the condenser fan is working properly and not obstructed
- touched the compressor to make sure it was working and it was extremely hot to the touch and now starts running after the start relay and capacitor were replaced.

Nothing has seemed to work and it's a closed system with no ice build up in the freezer, any suggestions of where to go now?

Thanks!
 

Jake

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touched the compressor to make sure it was working and it was extremely hot to the touch
That's usually a failed compressor.

Remove the back panel in the freezer, we need to see the frost pattern on the evaporator coil, take a photo of it please and upload it.

Look at the last photo below, where it says NORMAL FROST PATTERN.

Frost Patterns.jpg
 

stonecold01

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Here’s a picture. I’m guessing it’s a sealed system problem?
 

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Jake

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Yes, that photo indicates 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.

The good news is usually the week before and the week after Labor Day Weekend, all the appliance stores have a Labor Day Blowout Sale.

We recommend Maytag, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Amana, Jenn-Air.

Jake
 
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