Amana 20 energy saver. Moved from parents house to future wife's. Laid down horizontally for 40-50 mins, then stood vertically for 36 hrs before attempting to power. Lights come on, compressor will not kick on. Is there a safety kill switch that I can reset? If so, How?
model - BX20NL
s/n - 9012068674
manufactoring # - P7812527WL
In advance, thank you for any assistance
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you must have laid the refrigerator down during transport. compressor oil is now blocking the capillary tube. just keep trying by plugging in for a few minutes every couple hours until the oil finally clears the capillary tube APPLIANCE 911
IT is three buttons not two. Cooling Off mode (also called Shop mode), is designed for use by retailers when they display refrigerators on the shop floor. In Cooling Off mode, the refrigerator's fan motor and lights work normally, but the compressors do not run, and the refrigerator and freezer do not get cold. To start Cooling Off mode, press and hold the Energy Saver button, the Freezer button and the Lighting button for 5 seconds during normal operation. The refrigerator chime sounds and O-FF appears on the display. To cancel Cooling Off mode, press and hold the Energy Saver button, the Freezer button and the Lighting button again for 5 seconds, until the chime sounds. Cooling Off mode is only available on refrigerators sold in the U.S. Instructions are on page 20=> HERE
If you moved it, hopefully it was not laid down and remained upright as this can damage compressor. If you were careful and it did not get radically tilted down, then you may want to unplug for a hour or so and see if it clears up. Most often when this happens it is defrosting issue, as in, build up of ice blocking fan operation. Unplugging will melt blockage and help narrow problem down.
When you laid it on it's side all the oil inside the compressor went up into the evaporative coil lines. The oil bypassed the seals inside the compressor. You should NEVER lay a fridge on it's side or back. It will never work right again, sorry.
Oooh -Refrigerators do NOT like laying down.
If you have done this - leave upright - unplugged for at least 4 hours before restarting.
If it has had this - it is possible the compressor may be offcentre inside it's black casing.
Try knocking it fairly hard once or twice, then plugging in again.
If this does not cause life to return, then it needs a serious look at to determine if it is getting power to it, if the control board is doing the right thing, and if the thermostats are set right.
Try resetting the thermostats really low to start with - and see if it wants to try cooling.
The energy saver switch doesn't really save you anything, all that does is turn off the mullion heater circuit which if you really add up the pennies on your electric bill, might save you enough in one year to cash in for a bite size snickers bar... leave that off. Replace the operating thermostat (freezer thermostat) to correct this problem. If you're concerned with being green, after you replace the thermostat, turn on the energy saver and see if this makes any difference, it shouldn't in operating temperatures. Wiring and diagrams are usually available at sears, or by visiting searspartsdirect.com.
be aware that not repairing this asap that you are causing yourself more problems First I would change out the fan capacitor and see if this could be the problem. Secondly if the capacitor isn,t the problem change out the motor . By continuing to allow the system to cycle like this the compressor will take a dive on you costing more . Good Luck
Try a different circuit to plug the fridge. Possible you GFI is weak and can not take the start surge of the compressor. Refrigerators need to be on 20 amp circuits and not on same circuits with lights ,televisions,etc.
Also if the refrigerator has be laid down on its side during moving give it 24 hour for the oil to return to the compressor. This also is a symptom of overload on the compressor.