The first step to fixing a small Whirlpool fridge freezer that is not working properly is to check its fan motor. If this is the issue, you will have to remove the access panel and remove the fan blades. Next, remove the fan motor by unscrewing the screws that hold it in place. Attach a new motor, connect it to the power connector and mount the fan blades. Replace the access panel, if it has been removed.
A simple test to check if the refrigerator relay is working properly is to gently shake the appliance to see if the power turns on. Next, remove the cover and remove the bottom back panel of the refrigerator. With needle nose pliers, pull out the wires and check the ports for burn marks. If they are open, a multimeter can be used to check the resistance. If the resistance is too high, a replacement relay can be purchased from a local appliance repair store.
If the fridge freezes or cools slowly, you should check the start relay system. The relay is located under the right rear corner of the refrigerator. To remove the relay, use a flathead screwdriver to press on the small area that separates the relay from the container. Once disconnected, you can carefully pull the start relay out and inspect it. If you can’t see it, then the problem lies with the compressor.
To replace a fridge freezer compressor, first disconnect the power to the refrigerator. After that, unscrew the access panel. You should be able to see the compressor, a large black cylinder on either side of the refrigerator. Next, remove the small access panel on the back of the refrigerator. The relay is located on this panel and will have a couple of wires sticking out. Remove the relay with needlenose pliers.
Dirty condenser coils
If you notice that the temperature in your small Whirlpool fridge freezer is too low or too hot, the problem might lie in the condenser coils. Dirty coils prevent hot refrigerant gas from escaping, which in turn can cause a malfunction. Clean the condenser coils to restore normal cooling function. If you notice that your refrigerator is making noises that sound like popping popcorn, then the coils may be clogged with debris. A simple cleaning will clear up any problem and make your refrigerator work again.
You can clean the coils of your refrigerator by removing the rear access panel or from the bottom of the refrigerator door. Some models have condenser coils on the inside of the refrigerator, which you can access with the help of a hose attachment. A brush can also be used to remove any leftover dirt. Once the coils are clean, the power to the refrigerator should be restored.
Dirty condenser coils are another cause of a refrigerator’s malfunction. Dirty condenser coils can prevent the coolant from circulating through the refrigerator and can even cause the compressor to overheat or overload. In such cases, the compressor will shut down and the unit will no longer cool properly. A dirty condenser coil will not allow the refrigerant to efficiently transfer heat from the freezer to the refrigerator.
Faulty temperature control thermostat
Your refrigerator’s temperature control thermostat regulates the amount of power to run the compressor, evaporator fan, and condenser. When a faulty temperature control thermostat is present, it will cause your refrigerator to run too cool or too warm. To test whether your thermostat is faulty, rotate it from the lowest to highest setting to see if it clicks. If the thermostat does not click, the problem may be elsewhere.
If the temperature control thermostat on your refrigerator is defective, there are a few things to check. First, check the compressor. A faulty compressor may cause the temperature to fluctuate excessively. If this is the case, you should replace the compressor. The compressor can also fail due to a defective start relay. If you can’t locate this component, you can use a multimeter to check for continuity between the run and start terminal sockets.
Next, check the thermostat’s wiring. If the thermostat’s wires are loose or corroded, the refrigerator won’t cool properly. You should also check that the sensor wire is connected to the correct terminals. The wire terminals should be clean and free of corrosion. Check the temperature with a multimeter. If the problem persists, call a professional. In some cases, the thermostat can be replaced without a problem.