Model #ET18NMXJW00 WHIRLPOOL Top-Mount Refrigerator

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My fridge and freezer get cold and frosty then, dies infrequently. Is compressor dining or dead? ET18NMXJW00 Whirlpool Top mount refrigerator


Thank you for the inquiry and for using I am sorry to hear of the intermittent temperatures within the freezer/refrigerator, I know how frustrating that is.

If I am understanding the symptom correctly, the freezer will cool intermittently, and then just start warming? The compressor is the only component that creates and generates cold air in the units, which in turn, the freezer cycles cold air into the refrigerator when needed. If the compressor is not continuously maintaining cold air inside of the freezer, it sounds as if the freon levels need to be checked and serviced. If that doesn't solve the problem, then I agree, the compressor is on it's way out and will either need to be replaced or the refrigerator will need to be replaced. The compressor is a sealed unit, and there are no repairs that can be made inside of them.

The thing with compressor replacements is that the labor to actually cut and weld the copper in place can be pricey, and with this compressor pricing at about $300, it might make sense to look at a replacement refrigerator at this point. I would recommend to have a technician come to the home and just run a check on the freon levels to make doubly sure it just doesn't need to be serviced. Hopefully this helps.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
August 12, 2013

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