Sounds like a bad compressor compressor. You will need to get a certified technician to come and check it out and he will need to put his gages on to see if it could be out of freon. Do not use this until he/she has checked it out.
Yes i believe it would be cause the parts/labor would be outrageous.
I myself like whirlpool, not because i went to school there. As far as the extended warranties you have to buy that.How old is the one that fried?
Did you know that you save energy if you have a freezer thats on the top.
Go for another whirpool. Your welcome and thanks.