My Whirlpool Fridge Will Not Cool

Updated February 21, 2017

Nearly every home in the country has a refrigerator, with Whirlpool being one of the more popular brands available. There are times when the fridge will not cool, however, and this can present problems. If food is not kept properly cool, it can cause food to spoil. Therefore, it is important to keep your Whirlpool fridge cooling in the proper manner.

Temperature Setting

You should always check to ensure that the temperature setting is set to the proper temperature for your Whirlpool refrigerator. This control is often a dial, and can be accidentally moved to a different setting. Or sometimes, children think it is fun to turn the knob. Also, the control is a digital panel that can be accidentally bumped to another setting.

Door Gaskets

Ensure that the doors can close properly. If the door gaskets are very dirty or torn, then your Whirlpool refrigerator cannot form a seal against the outside air, and the result will be that it isn't cooling enough. Wipe the gaskets down with a warm, soapy sponge to remove any mould, dust or other debris. If you find damaged areas on the gaskets, then you should replace them.

Electrical Damper

Whirlpool refrigerators have an electrically control damper that moves cold air from the freezer to the refrigerator section. If this damper gets stuck shut, the refrigerator will begin to warm and will stop future cooling. This is most common on side-by-side models of refrigerators, but can happen with any fridge.

Condenser Coils

Pull your Whirlpool fridge away from the wall to determine if the condenser coils are covered with dust. Dust hampers the ability of the condenser to work, causing cooling to stall. Clean the coils with a vacuum cleaner after disconnecting the power source to the refrigerator. The condenser coils should be cleaned on a regular basis, about every three or four months.

Evaporator Coils

The evaporator coils, which are located in the freezer section, may be iced up with frost. If the self-defrosting control of your Whirlpool refrigerator fails, it will continue to try to cool the fridge, rather than go through the normal defrosting process, which occurs three or four times during a 24-hour period. The evaporator coils can get so bogged down with frost that the circulating fan cannot send cool air to the refrigerator section.

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Marsanne Petty has been a writer and photographer for over ten years, and is currently pursuing the combination in tandem. She attended Madison Community College, receiving a degree in Administration. She has published several articles for magazines, including Jack Magazine, and the local newspaper, the Jasper News. Her latest creation, a pictoral history of Hamilton County, Florida, was published in early 2009 through Arcadia Publishing.