How to Troubleshoot a Whirlpool Refrigerator Freezer Model Number GI5SVAXVl01

by Bill Reynolds

If your GI5SVAXVl01Whirlpool refrigerator freezer suddenly fails to function optimally, go through all the common troubleshooting steps before involving costly repair personnel. Whirlpool has prepared a number of simple troubleshooting solutions meant to help your machine recover from some of the most common, simple “malfunctions.” Sometimes the simplest of troubleshooting tips can save you plenty of money.

1. Refrigerator Won’t Run

Check your machine’s power connection to ensure that it is plugged into a grounded three-prong power outlet. See that the connection is snug and secure. Verify that the outlet is live by plugging in a small lamp and switching the lamp on. Check your circuit breaker or fuse box and reset, if necessary. If your machine has only recently been installed, it may not have had enough time to get up to speed. Allow your machine 24 hours to cool down to an optimum operating temperature.

2. Refrigerator is Too Warm

Make sure your refrigerator door closes snugly after each use. If the door is left open even a crack, the cool air will slowly bleed out into the kitchen, ultimately lowering the internal temperature of your machine. This will also cause your refrigerator to expend more energy trying in vain to keep cool. If you have recently added a large load of food into your refrigerator, your machine might need several hours to cool back down to its optimal temperature.

3. Refrigerator is Too Cold

Check to see if the interior air vent is being blocked by items inside your refrigerator. A blocked air vent can cause the interior temperature of your machine to drop. The air vent can be located at the rear corner in the top left of the inside of your machine. If there are any food items blocking the vent, move them to another section of the refrigerator. If the air vent isn’t the problem, double check to see if you have your machine set at your preferred temperature. Adjust the settings, then give the machine a full 24 hours to acclimate to your new settings.

4. Ice Machine Underperforms

Check your ice machine’s various components. If your refrigerator fails to produce enough ice, inspect the water supply line to see that it is properly installed, and that the water supply valve is in the “on” position. Also, check the water source line for kinks, which could reduce water flow and affect the ice maker’s productivity. Your ice maker’s ejector arm might be clogged with bits of ice. Check the arm and remove any ice debris.

About the Author

Bill Reynolds holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Rowan University. He has written hundreds of articles for print and online media, drawing inspiration from a wide range of professional experiences. As part of the UCLA Extension Writer's Program, he has been nominated for the James Kirkwood Prize for Creative Writing.