Whirlpool freezer not freezing. When your Whirlpool is not freezing, the issue most likely lies with the condenser coils. If the condenser coils are located inside the freezer walls, they should not be cleaned.
The evaporator fan motor cools the air and circulates it throughout the freezer by blowing it over the evaporator coils. If the fan motor for your refrigerator is faulty and not working properly, you might notice that your freezer does not get as cold.
Whirlpool freezer not freezing
Why is my Whirlpool not freezing? Make sure the condenser coils are clean or were recently cleaned.
The evaporator fan motor draws air over the evaporator and cools it. If the fan does not run, the refrigerator will not cool properly.
If a compressor will not run, the refrigerator will not be able to keep things cold.
Evaporator Fan Motor fault
If you want to test the motor in your freezer, all you have to do is open the door and then manually push the switch that activates the fan.
If everything is working properly, once you pass your hand through the crack of the open door, for a split second before shutting it again.
You will hear and feel a blast of cool air rushing past your skin and hitting the rest of your body like a refreshing breeze blowing across hot coals.
And if this works properly, then when you open the door and grab hold of that switch there should be an audible hum as it activates with a prickly sensation under your fingers.
But sometimes things don’t work out perfectly, and there’s usually one main problem that is making everything inoperable, typically meaning there’s something wrong with either the motor or simply a clogged filter (which only needs cleaning). Let us know if you need assistance or clarification.
Defective Start Relay
Using a multimeter, check the continuity between the start and run terminal sockets to determine if the start relay is functioning properly.
In the absence of continuity, replace the start relay. In addition, if there is a strange smell coming from the relay, you should get a new one.
It is unlikely that the compressor will run with a bad start relay. If your freezer’s compressor does not work smoothly, it will not be able to get cold.
Faulty Condenser Fan Motor
A poorly working condenser fan motor may not draw enough air through the condenser to cool the compressor, so the unit will freeze.
This, in turn, will cause the unit to heat up. If there is an unbalanced fan blade that’s causing the problem, you should also check all other possible causes to see if it needs a new motor or repairs.
Check to see if you can spin the blades of your unit without any stiffness. You probably still have a good motor. However, if they do not, then you need to replace the bearings.
Dirty Condenser Coils
Freezers should be cleaned regularly. Dirty coils will inhibit the cooling capacity of the freezer and cause it to warm up.
Make sure that you thoroughly clean the condenser coils every six months and if they are located inside the walls of the unit, avoid cleaning them at all.
If they can be seen, however, give them a regular clean with all cleaners being used safe for rubber (never use any chemicals that might damage or deteriorate rubber parts).
This can lead to a risk of leakage, mainly in rubber gaskets (such as those in a dishwasher) and your kitchen may be splattered with dangerous fluids that can harm anyone who accidentally spills them.
Temperature Control Thermostat
Make sure you hear a click when you rotate the thermostat from low to high. If no click is heard, or if only a very small click is heard, then the thermostat might not be functioning properly.
Using a multimeter to test continuity is one way to determine this. If continuity is detected, the temperature control thermostat should be replaced.
Evaporator Coils issue
You should ensure that the coils are not blocked or have any kind of obstruction in them to prevent air from flowing freely.
You should check for obstruction by using your hand to see if you can feel a blockage, if so, clear out the clog. Another thing that might be wrong is that your refrigerator’s defrost cycle might not be operating correctly.
Make an inspection on this part of your refrigerator and replace it if it needs to be replaced immediately.
Leaked sealed system
When only one section of the evaporator coil is frozen, there may be a leak in the sealed system. The cost of repairing a sealed system is normally prohibitive.
It is likely that you will need to replace the freezer if the sealed system is leaking.
If the freezer is not cold enough, chances are the compressor is broken. However, this often isn’t the case. Before replacing a faulty compressor, first check for any other common malfunctions.
If you determine that all components of your refrigerator are functioning properly except for the faulty compressor, open your freezer and use a multimeter to test the continuity between the electrical pins on its side.
If there is an open circuit, then it’s likely time to replace your compressor. If your compressor is in need of replacement, it should be done by a licensed technician since compressors contain hazardous chemicals which require proper disposal procedures.
Whirlpool freezer not freezing