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Author Topic: Whirlpool Refrigerator Model ET1MHKXMQ03 Not Cooling Enough  (Read 6835 times)

Offline dksagun

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Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator Model ET1MHKXMQ03 Not Cooling Enough
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2013, 06:13:19 PM »

Still having issues with fridge temp not cooling enough.  Monitored temp throughout the day today.  Freezer temp ranged from 2 to 10 degrees with the exception of of going up to 24 degrees during the defrost cycle.  The fridge temp ranged from 35 to 44 degrees with thermostat cranked all the way to cold.  Evaporator fan runs continuously except during defrost cycle. but the fridge never really get cold and does not recover well when the doors are opened/closed.  There is a thin layer of frost on all evaporator coils.  Condenser coils are clean.  Door gaskets are good.  What is the problem with my fridge not cooling enough and running continuosly?

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Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator Model ET1MHKXMQ03 Not Cooling Enough
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2013, 08:40:27 PM »
How do you know it's running constantly ? And temperature is air temperature ? Or a thermometer in a glass of water? Frost on evaporator should be very light not more than 1/8 thick. Opening the door a lot will effect temperature as well, Trying to figure how you can check the temperature without opening a lot, which will make it warmer.   

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Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator Model ET1MHKXMQ03 Not Cooling Enough
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2013, 09:28:26 PM »
Took 17 air temperature readings today between 8AM and 10 PM by opening the doors checking the thermometer temp and closing it right away.  First read or the morning was 2 degrees freezer and 35 degrees fridge.  15 out 17 times the evaporator fan was running in the freezer.  Also, I can hear the evaporator fan running on the outside without opening the doors.  I am assuming the evaporator fan is running constantly because the air temperature in the refridgerator is not being reached. Checked the evaporator coils at 10 PM and there was a thin layer of frost on all coils.  Evaporator fan was off for about a half hour around noon time.  Checked the intake and outake vents from the freezer to the fridge section and their were no obstructions.  Freezer temps ranged from 2 to 10 degrees when it was not in defrost mode.  Fridge temps ranged from 35 to 45 degrees. What gives here? ARe the freezer temps not low enough to allow the fridge temps to reach the desired themostat settings.  Do I have a weak evaporator fan?  It seem strong and is turning fast.  Is there a problem with the compressor or the sealed refridgerant system? Does the compressor run in conjunction with evaporator fan?  If so, it is running continuously except in defrost mode.  What gives here?  Any ideas?

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Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator Model ET1MHKXMQ03 Not Cooling Enough
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2013, 10:59:53 PM »
What is your room temperature? 80% run time @ 70 degrees,90% @80 degrees and 100% @ 85+ is normal on most refrigerators. Put a container of ice cream in the freezer (not in the door),leave for 12 hours. It should be firm and spoonable (if that's a word) not hard as a rock or too soft. Fans all run when the compressor is on and do not when it is off. The 30 min @ noon was probably in defrost. Temperatures will fluctuate. May be leading to a loss of charge, or compressor issue but without gauges can't go any further.

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Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator Model ET1MHKXMQ03 Not Cooling Enough
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2013, 05:22:06 AM »
Room temp ranged from 78 to 81 degrees.  Initially had trouble the issue last week when room temp close to 90 degrees with high humidity.  Ice Cream was very soft, soupy in the freezer.  Refridgerator has trouble keeping cool in the hot and humid temps.  After sitting unopened last night, in the morning it was 5 degrees in the freezer and 35 degrees in the fridge with room temp of 76 degrees.  Thermostat was turned to max cool.  Compressor and fans are running. I gather it is an issue with sealed system.  What else could it be?

 

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