Technician states that we need to replace 8 yr old Amana Refrig
We did some self-diagnosis before calling tech. Freezer stopped cooling. We check the frost pattern on the coils inside freezer. The pattern was uneven, so we thought it was something other than defrost thermostat. Fans were all running and so was compressor (it was hot to touch). We had a tech come out and he said it was a compressor issue, so he replaced it. Next day, freezer still wasn't cooling properly. We called tech and he came out and said he needed to flush coils. I don't understand what needed to be flushed. After that, the freezer cooled to 0-10 degrees, but then into the night started warming up again. We called tech again and he said coils have most likely filled with sludge again and refrigerator is shot. We should buy a new one. I'm not ready to give up based on one opinion, so I'm looking for another opinion to say I need to replace or tell me there is a way to fix our problem.
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Without physically looking at unit and going on what your saying I would say the unit has a restriction in the sealed system. this can be fixed with the correct steps and techniques. the biggest question is expense and only you can determine that. Here are the steps necessary.
Isolate evap heatexchanger assy flush with refrigerant and high pressure nitrogen to clear all oil and contaminants.
Isolate condenser and follow same steps as evap heatexchanger.
replace filter drier
Evacuate sealed system with good vacum pump
this is a time consuming process and quite honestly expensive. Hope that helps thx peyton
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check that the compressor is working by feeling for motor vibrations at the compressor, hot compressor unit or hot fins or back wall of the fridge
if there is not heat then the compressor is not working
call a technician as it could be a start/run capacitor failed or compressor seized
get a quote as some compressor replacements cost as much as a new fridge
check that the utility power is getting to the fridge/freezer
Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong.
If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing thencheck out the last two tips.
If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...
Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...
that is defrost timer every 8 hrs it turns on heater to defrost evap coils, unless there is major ice behind freezer panel after 1 day which i doubt, that would not be problem ...im trying to go through steps i would take as tech at your house
do you see alot of frost on the rear panel of the frzer if so it has failed to defrost and repair is req or do a manual defrost until a tech can get to you if no frost sorry sounds like you have a weak tired compressor or leak of freon and being 30 yrs old it is not cost effective to repair this item....
Most likely evaporator coils are iced near solid...few hours unplugged would have helped just a little...needs major defrosting though. The automatic defrost cycle will never fix it when it gets this bad...if it's still working yet.
I have one of these and have had to use heat gun/ hair dryer more than once to defrost it.
Probably the cause...which will need fixed or it will do it again sooner or latter...is the melted frost/ice goes down a little drain tube and dumps into tray to evaporate above coils...this tube gets plugged first with dust and then when melted frost drains and stands in tube the tube get plugged with frozen water.
You see it is important to unplug or fridge will self destruct.
the code is most likely printed on your model number label located inside the refrig compartment and entering the code instructions are on your tech sheet that is taped to the underside of your refrig.
remove the toe grille and feel under the cabinet for a plastic bag/envelope taped to it. just follow the instr for entering the code..
ps if the code isnt on the model label it may be on the tech sheet..
2 possibilities one is a bad start relay on the comp or the comp could be bad. the relay is faily inexpensive and you should be able to replace it your self if the compressor is bad it will require a technician. good news is the refrig is under 5 yrs old and the compressor should be in warranty still