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No Power to a Whirlpool Fridge

Meredith Jameson

Whirlpool refrigerators are sold in French door, side-by-side, bottom freezer or top freezer configurations and have a wide range of available features, from full-width shelves that slide out to temperature sensors, a water filtration system, electromechanical ice and water dispenser and an adaptive defrost system. But if the refrigerator has no power, users can't use any of the features, from the most basic to the most advanced, so this problem will require some troubleshooting.

Power Outlet

Most Whirlpool refrigerators should be plugged into a grounded three-prong outlet for proper power. Whirlpool recommends the use of a 115 volt, 60 Hz, AC only, 15 or 20 amp fused outlet for the refrigerator, which an electrician can help owners verify. Take a good look at the power cord to ensure it did not come loose or has fallen out of the outlet. The refrigerator should not be plugged into an outlet that is controlled by a light switch or into an extension cord.

Power Outage

A household-wide power outage will cause other appliances to lack power as well. Wait for the power to come back on before expecting the refrigerator to operate. If the only appliance that has no power is the Whirlpool refrigerator and a power outage recently occurred, check the fuse or circuit breaker, which may need to be replaced or reset.

Temperature Control

Once the power cord is properly connected and the fuse or circuit breaker has been corrected, look at the temperature controls to ensure that the refrigerator is actually turned on. If the temperature control dial is set to "Off," the unit may appear as though it has no power when it simply is not turned on. Turn the dial past "Off" to turn it on. If the unit has an electronic control panel on the freezer door, adjust the temperature control to turn the refrigerator "On."


If efforts to resolve the power issue at home fail to restore power to the refrigerator, call Whirlpool for service, as the motor or compressor may have failed and will require professional repair. There may also be problems with the electrical circuit for the refrigerator, and this will need service as well.