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Amana fridge stopped working. Now working again.

Yesterday, fridge not working. Light is on, but no one home. Chinese firedrill for perishables. Left plugged in. Unplugged this a.m. and plugged back in and voila everything starts up. Freezer works and fridge starting to get cold. I am suspicious as this summer we had water drainage (my husband ignored it and said it was just condensation...won't go into procrastination issues...)
Snooped around on internet also called appliance parts guy who thinks that it's the adaptive defrost timer. He told me that it would probably work again and then shut down in about a week.
I think that I could replace this part, but need to know where it is, exactly. I have a picture of the part itself from the web, but don't know where to look.
Would appreciate any help.

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  • groovers Oct 30, 2008

    This is an Amana SZD22NW P1162401WW.
    The advice I got was that it needs a new adaptive defrost timer.
    I need to know if from the information provided this is the correct analysis.
    I also need to know how to get to this part through the back of the fridge.
    Not to put too fine a point on it, please do not send me to another website to troubleshoot this. I have spent 4 hours online and that is what I am paying fixya for.

  • groovers Oct 30, 2008

    This is not a frost or ice problem. Fridge doesn't work. I unplug it and replug, then it works.

    Once again it's an Amana SZD22NW P1162401WW. I need to know where to look on the thing to find the adaptive defrost time. I know I go through a panel on the back, but which panel and where is it. Need a blow up diagram of actual model and fridge. Please do not send me to a website for troubleshooting with a blow up diagram too small for a Barbie doll to read.

  • vieneka Jan 20, 2009

    water is reaching the freezer to make ice, but not the water dispenser in the door

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    Prakash Aug 08, 2014

    Hi, I have the same model of Amana as yours, mine is not making any more ice cubes nor does the temperature goes below 60 de F. The Adapive Defrost board on mine is mounted at the bottom, you first remove the grille at the bottom front, where the condenser is located, this module is clipped below and is inside an enclosure . Reading the small wordings on the module, tells how to test the defrost cycle....



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Here are a few troubleshooting tips on this page

I can find you the part you need if you post me the model of your fridge.
model or part number anything you can find will be helpful, add the details with add a comment button and Il see if I can find you the part.

you can also try looking for the part yourself from this webpage

but I will help if you post me the details.


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  • Ekse Oct 30, 2008

    you can find the part you are looking for from this webpage

    enter your model number into the finder SZD22NW

    Select defrost components from the side panel.

    a good idea might be to pickup a repair manual also.


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The tech could be right and he could be wrong. adaptive defrosting is being controlled by the main board. which controls cooling as well and your thermostat.

if you have ice build up in your freezer section, back part, then it could be the adaptive defrosting not functioning but it is not a separate part as if it is a mechanical timer. it is part of the sofware of the fridge and it is in the main control board.

if it is icing up at the back of the freezer section. it could still be two more things,
the defrost heater could be open and would not heat.

or the bimetal which would controll the heater in case it would overheat.

if you can post the part which the tech is talking about, then i could help you further. use the ask me button to direct a question to me.

tnx 4 using fixya,


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Ok. read this instructions.

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  • fixexpert Oct 30, 2008

    The ice maker has a problem

    The ice maker is a separate appliance within the freezer section. Please see the How things Work section of our website to learn about the normal functioning of ice makers. Some common problems with ice makers are:

    The ice maker has completely stopped producing ice
    The ice maker is producing ice poorly

    The ice maker has completely stopped producing ice

    Check to see whether the ice maker has been turned off. Here's how to check. Look for a wire along the right side of the ice maker that looks a bit like a coat hanger. If this wire is in the raised position, the ice maker is turned off. On some units you simply lower the wire to the down position to turn the ice maker on. On others, you lower a small red plastic lever to lower the wire. If the wire is in the proper position check the freezer temperature, it should be between 0-8 degrees Fahranheit. If it is warmer than 10-12 degrees, the ice maker may not produce any ice. Check your door seals and thermostat, repair/replace as necessary.

    The ice maker is producing ice poorly

    When an ice maker is producing ice poorly--when it produces just a few cubes or none, or when the cubes are too small--it's usually because of a clogged water line or a defective water inlet valve.

    First, check the water line attached to the back of the refrigerator for good water flow. To do that, first turn off the water supply valve. Then remove the water line from the back of the refrigerator. Next, place the water line into a bucket and momentarily turn the water valve back on to test the flow. If the flow is poor, you need to repair, clean, or replace the tubing or the shut-off valve that supplies the water. If the flow is good, you may have to replace the water inlet valve.

    There's an ice- or water-dispensing problem

    The ice and water-dispensing system of your refrigerator is quite complex. Many components work together to provide the ice and water. Aside from a simple problem of a leaky water tube or a jammed ice chute, most other components are not user serviceable. We suggest that you contact a qualified appliance repair technician for such repairs.

  • fixexpert Oct 30, 2008

    Faulty Defrost Timer / Control

    Some models use a mechanical timer while others use an adaptive control which is a computer board. Regardless which device is used, the purpose is the same. The defrost control is used to send power to the defrost heaters at the proper time. If power is not reaching the the defrost heater circuity, it is most likely the fault of the defrost timer/control mechanism.

    When the defrost timer is in the defrost cycle, the compressor and fans will cease to operate. If the timer fails to advance from the defrost cycle, the machine will not operate. Mechanical style timers can be manually advance both into and out of the defrost cycle.

  • fixexpert Oct 30, 2008

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