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Amana sxs sxd26vw refrigerator cools and freezes intermittantly

My fridge doesn't cool or freeze consistantly...ice melts, not cold soda, etc. I can hear the fan below running when not cooling and when I turn the cool and freeze controls, the fan will shut off. I have vacuumed the TOP of the coils, but the bottom is seemingly unaccessible. I believe the coil is fastened to the chassis. would it be worthwhile to pull unit from wall and lie it on its back to maybe get at the bottom of coil? or am I totally on wrong track? (the top of the coil was extremely dirty with cat hair and such, so I'm thinking bottom can't help but be... cutting off airflow? the times that the unit works it cools & freezes very well since I cleaned top. Any ideas? THANKS!

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  • jjmac365 Dec 15, 2008

    my fridge doesn't cool or freeze consistantly...ice melts, not cold soda, etc. IT DOES RUN OK ABOUT 95% OF THE TIME... I can hear the fan below running when not cooling and when I turn the cool and freeze controls, the fan will shut off. I have vacuumed the TOP of the coils, but the bottom is seemingly unaccessible. I believe the coil is fastened to the chassis. would it be worthwhile to pull unit from wall and lie it on its back to maybe get at the bottom of coil? or am I totally on wrong track? (the top of the coil was extremely dirty with cat hair and such, so I'm thinking bottom can't help but be... cutting off airflow? the times that the unit works it cools & freezes very well since I cleaned top. Any ideas? THANKS!

  • jjmac365 Dec 16, 2008

    Additionally, I notice that the freezer coil in the back of the freezer compartment builds up considerable frost over a few hours. Then it goes into the defrost cycle and almost entirely melts. It is during this period that the refrigerator gets not cool too. Almost like the cycle lasts too long....

  • jjmac365 Dec 17, 2008

    my fridge doesn't cool or freeze consistantly...ice melts, not cold soda, etc. IT DOES RUN OK ABOUT 95% OF THE TIME... I can hear the fan below running when not cooling and when I turn the cool and freeze controls, the fan will shut off. I have vacuumed the TOP of the coils, the times that the unit works it cools & freezes very well since I cleaned top.
    Additionally, I removed the cover in the back of the freezer compartment and I noticed that the coil in the back of the freezer builds up considerable frost over a few hours. When I turn the timer screw a couple clicks,it goes into the defrost cycle and entirely melts. It is during this period that the refrigerator gets warm, too. Almost like the cycle lasts too long B4 it turns back on & everything is fine for awhile....

  • jjmac365 Dec 17, 2008

    ok, then. how's the best way to get to the bottom of the coil mounted on the base???

  • jjmac365 Dec 17, 2008

    puerkoness, does the fact that the unit cools and freezes very nicely most of the time indicate anything?

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The bi metal switch (thermastat needs replaced!

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It just needs gasing, have a local ac / refridgeation guy just come over and fill it up. The gas is top expensive to buyt it to do it your self plus you will have a lot left over. Have him check for a leak while he is there. But you problem, is the fridge is running short on gas.

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Replace the defrost time. this is the most common fault

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You want the whole coil cleaned on bottom. Check your defrost heater. Clear your defrost drain. One last thing. Your compressor relay may be getting intermittant. Over time they tend to start to fall apart. When an ice box starts doing like yours is I always check the relay. Remove it from the compressor and give it a shake. Take a look at it.

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    Water is pooling up under the crispers: defrost drain is stopped
    up. When the ice box defrosts the water has to go somewhere. If the
    drain is stopped up then it will cascade down the rear walls of the ice
    box and pool up under the crispers. Solution? Clear the drain using hot
    water, hair dryer, shop air, remove the object blocking the drain. Door
    gaskets that are worn or broken will allow for air to get into the ice
    box and excessive moisture will build up.

    Freezer is frosting up, fresh food section is warm: bad fan motor,
    defrost drain stopped up and forming slab of ice between the freezer
    and the fresh food section. Solution: check heaters and
    terminator(defrost thermostat) unplug the ice box and let it defrost
    completely. Clear objects from drain. Check timer. Note to find the
    location of your timer look up your model number online.

    Refrigerator dead: it may be that the defrost timer has went into
    defrost and got hung up there. Twist the timer around several times and
    it may start working till you can get another.
    Refrigerator runs all the time: The thermostat is fried (internal contacts stuck together) replace it.

    Compressor won't run: burned up relay. Remove the relay from the
    compressor and shake it. If small particles come out or it sounds like
    a salt shaker or there is no sound at all or it smells and looks burned
    then it is bad. Replace it.

    Freezer getting warmer freshfood not cool at all: Check under the
    bottom for the fan motor to be running and the cob webs, dust, dirt,
    and pet hair, off the condenser coils. If the fan underneath has quit
    then the ice box won't get cold.

    Everything is freezing over in the bottom and the top. Bad cold control.

    Do I need freon? 99% of the time NO. Most of the time it is a
    dirty coils problem or a bad fan motor, unless you have a leak. Since
    the ice box only holds 4 ounces of freon it would quit cooling at all
    in a short time if it had a leak.Their would be no halfway cooling, not
    for long anyway.

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Two things that you might want to check for is first if the compressor still works
second: if the refrigerator still has freon .

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Well if there's hair then the lack of airflow sounds like the problem.

Defrost the freezer totally, clean everything really good and let it dry.

Let me know how it works after doing this. As long as the fan is working, it should be staying a constant cool temperature.

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    Tune down the defrost cycle, Unplug the unit, clean it, and dry it out and make sure it is sealing well. If it is icing up, then you may have a bad seal on the door which would need to be replaced and will explain the problem that you are experiencing.

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Have refrigeration system(freon)checked for leaks and proper level.RICHARDM69

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If the refrigerator isn't cool, you need to answer some questions, then see if the compressor is running.

First, answer these questions:

  • Is the refrigerator completely dead? If so, see “It's stopped completely.”


  • Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? If not, reset it.


Next, see if the compressor motor is running

The compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It's on the outside of the refrigerator at the back near the bottom. If it is humming or making a continuous noise and your refrigerator is still not cooling, there may be a more serious problem with one or more of several different components, we recommend contacting a qualified appliance repair technician for further help.

If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator, there may be a problem with one or more of these:

  • The compressor


  • The Thermostat


  • The overload, relay, or capacitor


  • The defrost timer


  • The condenser fan motor

    ooling is poor For an overall understanding of how refrigerators should work, read about refrigerators in the How Things Work section of our website. A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:

    Evaporator coils
    Condenser
    Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt. 

    Evaporator coils Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

    The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

    Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system:

    • The defrost timer


    • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)


    • The defrost heater


    If it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem 

    Condenser Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator. 

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