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Old 07-03-2017, 06:58 PM   #1
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Whirlpool residential fridge

We have a Whirlpool residential refrigerator. Model WRT359SYM0D. The freezer works fine. But we noticed the refrigerator doesn't get as cold. We also notices a small amount of ice in the corner of the freezer. Any ideas? We are currently camping. My thought is to turn it off and let it completely defrost and turn it on again. But, I was wondering if anyone else experience this problem.
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There is a fan in the freezer under the removable panel in the back. It probably has ice on it and won't spin to put cold air into the refrigerator. There is a defrost timer that is supposed to keep the coil in the freezer from icing up. That might be bad or the defrost heater in the freezer is bad. They are relatively cheap parts and not very hard to replace.

I learned that the hard way when I was replacing tenants residential refrigerators at $350 a whack when it was a $30 timer that went bad.

Part at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Whirlpool-482.../dp/B004XLDNZQ
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Thank you for the information. We will check it out when we get home from camping. I will also search for some documentation on how to replace.
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Did you remove the panel in the freezer or Refrigerator? I see some YouTube videos. However, I can't find my model.
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You remove the panel in the freezer to access the fan. The defrost timer is usually under the panel in the refrigerator where the light is.

Here is a video

Not sure if it is your exact model
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Before you do anything make sure you have good shore power.
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Before you do anything make sure you have good shore power.
I have to admit that a week ago I would have dismissed your comment, as refrigerators in a home don't use much power compared to other things we do.

The past few days I have been helping a friend with a Tiffin Breeze outline a way to run their refrigerator using (solar + LiFe battery pack + inverter + extras). It is very much a feasible project from a technical viewpoint, but not inexpensive.
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Is this a french door bottom freezer model? These models have a problem with the evaporator drain which will cause a large pool of ice to build up at the bottom of the refrigerator. You can see it if you pull the freezer drawer out and look at the floor behind the drawer.

This failure is caused by the use of a duckbill on the drain line and the back-up of defrost water into the freezer section. There are repair kits that replace the duckbill drain with one with a p-trap (about $30 on Amazon). Easy to do yourself after removing the outside access port to the back of the fridge.
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It is not a French door. The freezer is on top and refrigerator is on the bottom.
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I have to admit that a week ago I would have dismissed your comment, as refrigerators in a home don't use much power compared to other things we do.

The past few days I have been helping a friend with a Tiffin Breeze outline a way to run their refrigerator using (solar + LiFe battery pack + inverter + extras). It is very much a feasible project from a technical viewpoint, but not inexpensive.
Any time you are in a campground and have electrical problems the first thing to check is shore power. Shore power can be loaded down in a crowded CG and cause all kinds of problems.
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Picture of my refrigerator

Here is what our refrigerator looks like. I submitted the wrong model number. Here is the correct model number:

WRT359SFYM00
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Here is the part I believe you need . That is if that fan in the freezer is spinning.

Refrigerator Electronic Control Board | Part Number WPW10352689 | Sears PartsDirect

You can get it as inexpensive as $99.00 on Amazon
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