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Why Does My Whirlpool Refrigerator Keep Shutting Off?

A refrigerator that cannot be counted on to stay on is not a refrigerator that is going to do most homeowners much good. If you have a Whirlpool refrigerator that keeps shutting off, there could be a number of reasons. Which one is the cause of your particular problem may depend on the model you have and when it shuts off. Keep reading to get the facts about several potential causes for Whirlpool fridges shutting off.

It May Be a Thermostat Issue

If the refrigerator shuts off and you are able to get it running against by shutting the fridge on and off with the thermostat knob, then the thermostat may be the issue. To check, the next time your refrigerator shuts off, turn the thermostat knob all the way off and then turn it back on. If it starts running, then it is likely the thermostat that needs to be replaced.

The Problem May Be with the ADC Board

If your refrigerator shuts off and the only way you can get it back up and running is to unplug the fridge and reconnect it, then the issue is with the ADC board. To test this issue, the next time your fridge shuts off, unplug it, wait ten seconds, and then plug it in again. If it starts up without a problem then the issue may be with the ADC board. Unplugging it resets it and allows it to run for a time, but this is just a temporary fix. It will likely need to be replaced.

The Defrost Timer May Need to Be Replaced

There are many other potential reasons that a Whirlpool refrigerator will run fine and then shut off. The defrost timer may be an issue. Remember that the refrigerator is not supposed to run constantly – it is supposed to run through various cycles and be shut off sometimes. The issue is when it will not come back on at all. This can be caused by an issue with the defrost timer. It may not prompt the refrigerator to start back up again after it has gone through a defrost cycle.

Troubleshooting Other Potential Causes of a Refrigerator Shutting Off

If none of the above seem to fix the problem, or if you see what the issue is but do not have the parts, tools, or knowledge to fix them, then it is time for troubleshooting from the professionals. It is common that we can quickly diagnose the problem and come up with the most cost-effective fix. Call American Appliance Repair now at 800-640-9934 to learn more.