How to Turn Off a Whirlpool Refrigerator…[Detailed Guide]

There are several moving parts on a Whirlpool refrigerator. Learn how to turn off a Whirlpool refrigerator and its moving parts in this article.

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How to Turn Off an Ice Maker in a Whirlpool Refrigerator

To turn off the ice maker in a Whirlpool refrigerator, locate the power switch. Some models have a dedicated button for turning the ice maker on and off. If you are unsure whether or not the machine has a power button, check the user manual for ice maker usage instructions. Press the button or turn the switch from On to Off. 

The ice maker should stop making ice, and the ice mold should stop filling with water. But you can still use the ice dispenser if it is unlocked. However, if there is no dedicated switch or button for turning the ice maker on and off, use the feeler arm or shut-off arm to turn the machine off. 

There is a metal arm protruding from the side of the machine; it moves up to shut off the icemaking cycle when due and moves down when it is time to make more ice. Push it up or the Off position to stop the ice maker from producing more ice. However, if the ice maker does not turn off, there may be an issue with the control board or ice maker sensor. Hire a professional appliance technician to check and fix the problem.

Note: These steps apply to all models of Whirlpool refrigerators.

How to Turn Off Replace Filter Light on a Whirlpool Refrigerator

After replacing the water filter in a Whirlpool refrigerator, it is crucial to turn off the replace filter light. Turning off the light means resetting it, and there are different methods of resetting the light after changing the filter. Each model of Whirlpool refrigerator has a different method, and your user manual has steps for completing the task.

However, there are general instructions you can try for your appliance. Some refrigerator models have a dedicated button for a Filter Reset, and it should be on the unit’s control panel. Locate it if your model has one and press it. Hold it until the Replace Filter Light is off. Once off, the reset is complete. You must manually perform this task because the light does not automatically reset after replacing the water filter.

Another set of Whirlpool refrigerator models does not have a filter reset button but has a water filter button. So, check the buttons on the control panel for a button marked Water Filter. If applicable, press the button and hold it for a few seconds. The water filter icon, previously orange or red, should turn blue, and the Replace Filter on the refrigerator’s display should disappear if you successfully reset or turn off the light.

A few other models can combine the Max Ice and Max Cool buttons to turn off the Replace Filter Light on your Whirlpool refrigerator. That is if there is no filter reset or water filter button on the control panel, but they have Max Ice and Max Cool functions. Simultaneously press both buttons, and the display should show a countdown, going from 3 to 1. The unit should beep a tone and flash the filter icon to indicate that the reset is successful. The light should be off at this point.

How to Turn Off Water to Your Whirlpool Refrigerator

To turn off the water to your Whirlpool refrigerator, locate the main water supply valve that controls the water supply. There is a primary valve that connects to the cold water supply; it should be on the wall behind the refrigerator or under the sink. Some homes may have the valve in the basement or on the floor, depending on the house’s layout. When you locate the valve, turn it clockwise or to the right to turn it off. 

Again, this depends on the installation, but it usually goes to the right if you must fully turn it off. Sometimes, the valve may seem stuck due to a lack of usage. In such a case, use a pair of pliers or a wrench to rotate the valve until it moves. However, you must gently turn it to avoid breaking or damaging it in other ways. If it seems too complex, you may have to hire an appliance technician to repair or replace the valve.

How to Turn Off Chime in a Whirlpool Refrigerator

Some Whirlpool refrigerator models chime whenever you open the doors. The chime is not an alarm but a product design. If the chime that comes whenever you open the refrigerator door is not to your taste, you can consult the user manual for steps to disable it or contact the Whirlpool Service Center for instructions on fixing it. 

However, it may mean disabling the control board, which is impossible because it controls the refrigerator’s functions. There may be a control on the board that handles the sound, which you can turn off. Only a technician can determine if this applies to your Whirlpool refrigerator model and make the necessary adjustments.

Door Alarm Beeping Sound

If the sound is a beep from the Whirlpool refrigerator, it means the doors are not properly shut, or the internal temperature is high. It may also be that there was a recent power outage, and the refrigerator is alerting you so you can confirm it. Therefore, check these factors to determine which is causing the sound.

Check the control panel’s display; if Power Outage is showing on the screen, press any button on the panel to stop the tone or chime. Turn off the Power Outage displayed on the screen by pressing another button; the refrigerator recognizes it as confirmation of the outage. Ensure the cooling function is on, and the refrigerator is working as it should. Otherwise, the sound may return if the temperature rises again.

The refrigerator doors must be fully shut if you continue to hear a beep from the refrigerator and there is no power outage. The sound is the door ajar alarm, and it alerts you that the door is not shut and the temperature is rising. The problem may be that the door seal is weak, the refrigerator is not level, or the contents of the refrigerator are not properly arranged.

Inspect the contents and rearrange them to ensure none sticks out. These items may even push the racks and shelves out, keeping the door from fully shutting. Also, check the door seal and replace it if weak or clean it if dirty. Otherwise, the door won’t shut well, and the door ajar alarm will keep beeping until you fix the open door. Press any button on the control panel to turn off the beep.

Finally, check the refrigerator’s leveling; place a lever on top of it and if the bubble is not at the center, adjust the unit’s legs to achieve the right balance. The refrigerator’s front must be raised slightly higher than its back if the door must shut firmly and tightly.

Reset the Refrigerator

Disconnect the refrigerator from electric power for about five to ten minutes. Allow it to sit and reconnect it to electric power. This reset should reset the main control board and stop the beep or chime. The problem may stem from a malfunctioning control board, and resetting it may fix the error. However, you may have to replace the control board if the problem persists.

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How to Turn Off the Vacation Mode on a Whirlpool Refrigerator

There is a dedicated Vacation Mode button on the refrigerator’s control panel. Press the button once to turn off the mode. If there is no Vacation Mode button, press the Fridge Temp button once to restore the previous settings. More presses of the Fridge Temp button only adjust the temperature settings. 

Not all Whirlpool refrigerator models have a Vacation mode. The mode allows you to save energy when you do not have to use the refrigerator for some days, such as when you go on vacation. The dispenser lights go off, and the dispenser functions are disabled. 

Also, the temperature changes to 12 degrees Celsius, and the refrigerator’s lights go off. However, it is not recommended to leave perishable foods in the unit while it is in Vacation Mode because of the rise in temperature, whether or not the foods are frozen. They may spoil if the mode runs for more than several hours.

How to Turn Off the Demo Mode on a Whirlpool Refrigerator

To turn off the demo or Showroom mode on your Whirlpool refrigerator, consult the user manual for specific instructions. Each refrigerator model may have different methods for exiting the mode. Some side-by-side models require you to press the freezer temp and refrigerator temp buttons for about five seconds.

This article on Whirlpool refrigerator modes has detailed instructions on how to turn off or exit the demo or Showroom mode on all models of Whirlpool refrigerators. Follow the instructions or contact the Whirlpool Center if the instructions in the article or user manual do not cover your refrigerator model.

How to Turn Off Measured Fill on a Whirlpool Refrigerator

If your Whirlpool refrigerator has a Measured Fill feature, there should be a dedicated button for it. Check the control panel for the Measured Fill button and press it once to turn on the feature. Press the button once again to turn it off.

The Measured Fill feature allows the dispenser to measure out the exact amount of water you need per time and shut off when the glass or cup is full without spillovers. If your unit does not have the button, consult the user manual for instructions on using the feature.

How to Turn Off Light in a Whirlpool Refrigerator

You do not have to turn off the light in a Whirlpool refrigerator manually. The refrigerator has a switch by the door or on the ceiling where it activates whenever you shut the door. When you open the refrigerator door, the light switch deactivates, and the light turns on inside the refrigerator. But it goes off when you shut the door, and it presses against the switch to activate it. If the light remains on even when you close the door, there is a problem with the light switch or control board.

Press the switch to see if the light responds. If it flickers, there may be a loose wire connection. And if the light does not respond, get a technician to check the wiring and the switch’s continuity. Replace the switch if it is not working. Otherwise, check the light socket and light board for faults. It is best to let a professional technician troubleshoot further and fix the faults.

Important Note

If the refrigerator light does not turn off when you shut the door, finding an immediate solution is crucial. When the light remains on for too long, it affects the refrigerator’s cooling capacity and may spoil the foods in it. It is also a fire hazard because it heats the plastic parts inside the refrigerator and the wires to the point of melting and causing a fire. Therefore, turn off the unit and contact Whirlpool or any qualified appliance technician in your locality for immediate assistance.

How to Turn Off a Whirlpool Refrigerator

To turn off a Whirlpool refrigerator, you can simply unplug it from the wall outlet or power down the circuit breaker. Doing this keeps the refrigerator from functioning. But if you do not want to remove it completely from electric power, you can turn off the cooling function. 

How to Turn Off the Cooling Function

Press the Filter and Smart Grid buttons on the control panel and simultaneously hold them for about three seconds to turn off cooling. Cooling Off should appear on the panel’s display. Ensure you press the buttons at exactly the same time to avoid locking the refrigerator’s dispenser. 

On some other models, press the Measured Fill and Lock buttons simultaneously for about three seconds to turn the cooling function off. A few other models require you to press the Filter and Lock buttons simultaneously for about three seconds to turn off the cooling function. Some may instruct you to press the Freezer Temp and Refrigerator Temp buttons at the same time for three seconds to deactivate the feature. 

If you have a newer Whirlpool refrigerator model, you may find that there is a dedicated button for the cooling function. It is marked Cooling On/Off. Press the button and hold it for about three seconds to turn the function on or off. The LED should light up to inform you that the cooling is off in your refrigerator. However, if none of the above applies to your refrigerator model, check for the Fast Ice and Lock buttons on the control panel. 

Press both buttons at the same time and hold them for about three seconds to turn off the feature. Cooling Off should flash about seven times, stop, and remain illumined, indicating that the feature is off. Consult the user manual if your refrigerator does not have any of these buttons or the combinations do not work.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Keeps Turning Off – Quick Fix

If a Whirlpool refrigerator keeps turning off, check the circuit breaker, refrigerator power cord, and wall outlet. There may be a power supply problem, or it may be as simple as the power cord being loose in the outlet. 

Also, the temperature control thermostat, defrost timer, or ADC board may be faulty, causing the refrigerator to short-cycle. They all have a role in how the unit’s cooling cycle functions. The condenser coils may also be dirty, and cleaning them may fix the problem. However, consider the compressor if nothing else seems to fix the problem, as this article explains.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Will Not Turn Off – Quick Fix

Check the temperature control thermostat and evaporator coils if you find that a Whirlpool refrigerator will not turn off. There is a cooling problem, causing the compressor to run all the time as it tries to maintain a cool temperature within the unit. You can also troubleshoot the defrost system if there is a significant amount of ice on the evaporator coils. 

Inspect the condenser coils and door gasket if the other possible issues check out well. Lastly, consider a sealed system leak, as a loss of refrigerant compromises the refrigerator’s cooling capacity and triggers the compressor to run all the time. Learn more from this article on Whirlpool refrigerator running problems and fix the unit or call for professional assistance.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Light Won’t Turn Off – Quick Fix

The light socket or switch may be faulty; both of them may not be working. If the light in your Whirlpool refrigerator remains on after you shut the door, test the switch or replace the socket to check if there is a wiring problem or faulty component. Follow this guide for further instructions on fixing your refrigerator light.

How Do I Turn Off the Sabbath Mode on My Whirlpool Refrigerator?

There is no specific method for exiting or turning off the Sabbath mode for all Whirlpool refrigerators. You can check the user manual for your specific model for steps to exit the mode or contact a technician for further instructions.

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