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Can't locate defrost timer on ARB2257CSL bottom freezer

We have the back panel off inside the freezer compartment as well as the lower back exposing the compressor.

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Here is a diagram of the defrost heater. Look in the refrigerator section.

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its under the light bulb assembly in the frigidare compartment

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Checked the switch in the freezer and it was bad. Odd time for it to go out, but it was not working and it would work intermittently if you shook it.

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Check the damper in the top back of the fresh food section. make sure that it is open and air is coming through it.

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There is a vent that is connected from the freezer down to the fridge right where the fan is,make sure nothing is blocking it.

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Hi R,

Based on your description, the defrost limit has failed and should be replaced. The job takes about 30 minutes. The part you'll need is a WR50X55. You can find it online by plugging that number into a search engine, or pick one up locally at an appliance parts retailer.

UNPLUG THE FRIDGE BEFORE CONTINUING!!!

Clean out all the stuff in the freezer and remove the shelves. Then remove the panel in the back of the freezer section. You'll see the defrost limit clipped to the evaporator coils at the top right. Remember which tube it's clipped to, then take it off the tube.

Now clip the wires close to the limit and remove the limit. Strip those 2 wires back about 3/8" and connect them to the new limit one wire at a time. Cap these wires off with wire nuts. All you gotta do now is use one of the clips in the kit (I use the "U" shaped one, NOT the "W" shaped one) and clip it to the tube you removed the old one from. Rebuild everything and plug the fridge back in. That's it!

NOTE---> The fan inside the freezer will NOT come on immediately. The derfrost limit you just installed must get below 55 degrees first, then it'll turn the fan on. OK?

If there's anything else I can help you with, please write back. If not, and this has fixed your problem, please rate me.

SG

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THe draws in my fridge freezer can no longer fit in the compartment and the door close. The back panel in the freezer apperas to have moved forward


Perhaps you have an ice buildup causing this remove the rear cover inside the freezer.


DEFROST PROBLEM
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(disconnect the two wires plugged into it and twist them together) 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.

Aug 30, 2011 | Hotpoint FFA70 Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

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Fans keeps running and the freezer is cold but not enough to harden ice cream


Look inside the back wall inside freezer and if you see ice building up then your Amana needs either a defrost timer=> 67001036 Defrost Timer or you may be having problems with the defrost heater=> 67002493 Defrost Heater Here are some large pictures to help you locate your parts that may be defective=> Amana_ARB9058CS_Evaporator_Components item location number 15 in lower left side of photo. In this case I think your refrigerator may need the defrost timer below but I would like you to manually turn the clock on the time clockwise slowly until compressor and fans stop running. The defrost timer is located inside the fresh food compartment and just behind the controls for adjusting temps inside fresh food compartment location=> Amana ARB9058CS Controls That is my most likely guess the timer but sometimes it will be the defrost heater or defrost thermostat affect these also here=> 12001937 Defrost Thermostat

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I will be here if you have questions please ask, Thanks Sea Breeze

May 09, 2011 | Amana ARB9058CS Bottom Freezer...

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My refrigerator starts to get warm and then my freezer back wall turns into a wall of frost. From reading other posts I figured out that I could unplug my refrigerator for a few days to let it thaw out....


Good day,
Your on the right track. The defrost system has failed. It is made up of 3 components. The main defrost heater, mounted to the bottom of the cooling coil behind the rear panel in the freezer compartment, the defrost thermostat which is a small round disk with 2 wires coming out of it located in the same area clipped to the top of the coil, and lastly, the timer which is located in the food compartment, on the roof behind and to the rear of the controls.

To test the timer, (there is a small hole to stick a screw driver into it) turn the shaft clockwise until the machine turns off. Wait 45 minutes. If the machine comes back on, the timer is O.K. Replace the defrost thermostat. If not replace the timer.
It is possible the main heater has failed, but it is a rare occurrence.

Mar 01, 2010 | Amana ARB2257CSL Bottom Freezer...

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Fridge won't cool or freeze. Expert on here thinks it might be defrost timer. Asked me to pull off base front panel. Where is this base front panel....Inside the fridge or inside the freezer? Or is it...


Good day,
If it is a fairly new machine, it is located in the fresh food compartment. Usually top front center, under the plastic housing that holds the controls.
It may be a timer, but as well, could be an adaptive control, which replaced timers on many newer models.
On somewhat older models it is a timer, and is located in the fresh food compartment, in the right rear in a housing that also contains the thermostat.

If there is frost building up on the rear panel in the freezer panel, your on the right track.
There is a hole where the shaft of the timer is exposed. With the machine running, using a screw driver, turn the timer shaft clockwise until the machine shuts off. Wait 35 minutes. If the machine comes back on, the timer is O.K.
If the newer style, then there might be no access hole, which means it has an adaptive solid state control. With the machine running, unplug. Turn the thermostat to the off position. wait at least 30 seconds, 45 is better. With the machine still off, plug back in. Wait a while,(20 minutes) and look at the bottom of the panel, in the rear of the freezer panel, to see if it's starting to defrost the coils. If so, replace the control. If not replace the control, and the limit thermostat located on the top of the evaporator behind the rear panel in the freezer compartment.
This only applies to a condition of the coils in the freezer compartment icing up.

Here is a good tutorial on defrost system function.

http://www.appliance411.com/faq/howdefrostworks.shtml

If no frost is on the coil in the freezer compartment, then other possibilities are...
1. Fan motor behind rear panel in freezer is not running. It's a nuts and bolts replacement.
2. The cooling fan motor in the back rear of the machine, behind the cover is bad, Again, a nuts and bolts replacement.
3. Finally, the compressor is not running or the system has developed a refrigerant leak. Problems best left to a trained technician
Hope this helps.

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Jan 07, 2010 | Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side...

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After unplugging and defrosting my ge tfx20nw it


Good day,
The defrost system has failed. It is made up of a timer, defrost thermostat, and defrost heaters.
The timer is located behind the light guard in the fridge compartment.
The heaters and defrost thermostat are located in the freezer compartment, behind the back wall.
To test,
1. With the machine running, in the fridge compartment, pull off the thermostat knob, and then unclip the light guard.
The timer is behind the panel exposed, but has a hole to insert a small screw driver to advance the timer.
Turn the timer clockwise until the machine shuts off. Wait 45 plus minutes. If the machine turns itself back on the timer is good.
If not, remove the panel, and install a new timer.
2. If the timer is O.K. then the problems are in the panel on the rear of the freezer compartment.
Unplug the machine, and remove the rear panel. Allow it to defrost.
There are two quartz radiant heaters, one located on the bottom of the evaporator coil, and one half way up. There is also a defrost thermostat clipped to the top of the evaporator. It is a round disk about an inch in diameter.
Purchase and replace all 3. You may need wire nuts to splice wires together so purchase them as well, when getting the other parts.
Go slow, the heaters are easily damaged or broken if handled roughly.

Dec 15, 2009 | GE Refrigerators

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Things is melting


First is it just a freezer or refrigerator and freezer? About the best way to find out what type of defrost system it has is by going by the model number. Some have a simple defrost timer located most times inside the fresh food compartment and less likely behind the kick plate at bottom front of the refrigerator. Some of the newer models have and Adaptive Defrost Control Located inside the control Panel and inside the fresh food compartment. Most times it is most likely the defrost timer or ADC that is defective that causes the problem. Next will be the defrost heater and defrost thermostat located inside the freezer and behind the rear panel of the freezer. Before doing any of this on your own I recommend that you unplug the refrigerator before removing any covers or touching anything powered up. There we will need to check the defrost element and defrost thermostat for continuity. I will help you find and solve the problem if you need and if you can locate the model number that would tell us what to look for better, Please let me know if you need more assistance or if this has been helpful, Thank You Sea Breeze

Aug 16, 2009 | Freezers

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The freezer does not get as cold as it should especially in the top compartment where the fan is. It will not freeze icecream and bread they do not freeze at all. However everything else seems to be fine...


Could be that the automatic defrost feature is not operating properly. You can go here if you want to find out how you might be able to fix it yourself, but you'll need to be comfortable with diagnostic testing and taking your frig apart. Otherwise, it's very repairable...contact a reputable repair company to come check it out.

Aug 16, 2009 | Freezers

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Dripping water inside even though freezer is working perfectly. Is there a plugged drain? Is it suppose to drain to a pan on the bottom and then evaporate? I tried looking for a drain pipe in the back...


yes they all have a drain pan. when unit goes through defrost your ending up with water on the inside of unit. remove rear panel in freezer to expose evaporator. hole is under evaporator. see if it is froze over

Jun 22, 2009 | Refrigerators

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My Whirlpool upright freezer keeps building up ice inside the bottom back wall. The fan starts rattling and freezer will not stay cold enough to make ice. If I take everything all out and leave it off...


Either your defrost timer, defrost heater or defrost thermostat has failed. All parts are located behind the lower back panel inside the freezer. Most likely are the defrost heater and defrost thermostat.

Jun 09, 2009 | Whirlpool 20 cu. ft. / 566 liter Upright...

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IS THE BACK OF THE FREEZER CLEAR ICE OR WHITE FROST?
IF IT IS WHITE FROST, THERE IS A FAILURE OF THE DEFROST CYCLE. THREE COMPONENTS NEED TO BE CHECKED. THERE IS A DEFROST TIMER, HEATER AND BI-METAL. THE HEATER AND BI-METAL ARE LOCATED BEHIND THE BACK WALL OF THE FREEZER WHERE THE FROST IS BUILDING UP. IF IT IS A WHIRLPOOL, THE TIMER IS LOCATED IN THE FRESH FOOD COMPARTMENT WITH THE COLD CONTROL. LOOK FOR A HOLE THE SIZE OF A DIME IN THE CONTROL HOUSING. THERE IS A SMALL DIAL IN THERE THAT CAN BE ADVANCED WITH A SCREWDRIVER.
ADVANCE IT UNTIL YOU HEAR A STRONG CLICK AND THE
REFRIGERATOR SHUTS OFF. THAT WILL BE IN THE DEFROST CYCLE. WAIT ABOUT TEN MINUTES AND LISTEN FOR SIZZLING IN THE FREEZER COMPARTMENT. ALSO LOOK FOR A RED/ORANGE GLOW IN THE FREEZER. IF THAT HAPPENS, THE HEATER AND BI-METAL ARE O.K.
REPLACE THE TIMER. IF NOT, TAKE THE BACK PANEL OFF THE FREEZER AND CHECK THE HEATER AND BI-METAL WITH A VOLT-OHM METER. REPLACE THE DEFECTIVE PART.
ON G.E. REFRIGERATORS, SOME HAVE THE TIMER LOCATED BEHIND THE TOE PLATE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE REFRIGERATOR. ON OTHER REFRIGERATORS, IT IS LOCATED INSIDE THE COMPRESSOR COMPARTMENT TUCKED BACK IN A CORNER.

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