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HI All, My Amana is 8 yrs old and over last yr Freezer part is not cold and thawing my food out. The other side is FREEZING the food...Even though all settings are set correct. I am not sure what's wrong or is it worth getting fixed? Or buying a new fridge is more cost efficient? I have had many ice making problems with it as well which were fixed. ANy advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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SOURCE: refrigerator freezer not freezing

If there is frost on the back wall of the freezer compartment you have a defrost system problem. This could be the timer or the heaters.

Posted on May 18, 2008

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SOURCE: my amana freezer on the bottom has stopped making

check to see if there is frost build up on back wall .if it does u have defrost problem could be comblicated issue not knowing your expertise need make and model

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

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I suggest first getting it checked. Maybe there is just a small leak which can be sealed and coolant refilled. If say the compressor is damaged or other major component then only the repair cost will dictate what to do next.
Refrigerators are not very complex and have relatively few parts. You will probably get satisfactory results from repairs.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

woodchuck789
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SOURCE: My Amana bottom freezer frig is freezing up. thawed it, took 3

The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can’t flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

If the defrost thermostat is bad it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won’t turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
With an ohm meter it should show continuity when cold and none when warm.
You can also bypass the thermostat to see if the heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs replaced.

The defrost heater is located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if it’s bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for voltage when it’s in the defrost mode.

If you have a defrost timer you can test it. It can be located under the fridge behind the kick panel on the front. Some are in the fridge with the controls at the top. You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer because that means the timer is not running. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

If you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer, replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is located in the fridge with the controls in some models and on the back in others.

If you need help finding your model number see here> http://www.appliancepartspros.com/modelnumber_locator.aspx

To locate your timer, motherboard, control or adaptive defrost control , enter your model number and search for the part or post back on Fixya.
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action?psid=26129238&sid=PSx20071217x00001a

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

woodchuck789
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The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.

Posted on Mar 08, 2010

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