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Amana SCD23VBL Side by Side. Evaporator froze up! Pulled circulating fan and it checked ok. Measured voltage and it was approximately 57 volts. As the coils defrosted the voltage started to and continued to climb. Last reading it was near normal at 112 Volts.

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  • z503jc Sep 24, 2008

    You're problem and mine are probably very related. Pull the inside back panel and I believe you will find you are iced up also.

    I believe my voltage comments may have been misleading. Those were open circuit voltages however I still do not understand why they climbed.

    FYI: Years ago I was a certified Amana Refrigeration Repairman.

    I'm not looking into the defrost timer circuit.


  • z503jc Sep 24, 2008

    My problem ended up being the Defrost Terminator. This is a device which senses when the freezer compartment has reached some specified temperature. At that point, in this Amana, it opens which disconnects the defrost heater and also stops the circulation fan allowing the evaporator to frost up. When the temperature has dropped enough, the Defrost Terminator resets allowing normal operation. Good Luck!

  • cafezinho Jan 12, 2009

    Unit ices up and does not keep cool properly in both sides. The water dispenser freezes and and they have to turn it off to get that to thaw out then start over same.



    My daughter has this problem the repair man replace the thermostat and defrost timer and still the same.

    The fan spins when the cycle calls for it the best I can tell.

    What is the defrost limiter and where is it.

    Isn't it the same as the defrost timer ?

    Appreciate your help !

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No water to door but the waater in icemaker still works. when I press the button for water I get no respse.

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