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there is a flap in the refrigerator side usually near or behind the light bulb the freezer side is thermostatically controlled with the compressor being controlled. On the refrigerator side the cold air comes from the freezer side. when this flap is open the refrigerator will cool continuously, Check the flap or the duct assembly here is an illustration of the part http://www.repairclinic.com/Kenmore-Refrigerator-Model-10674219400-ID-927868-Duct-Venting-Parts
It is all rightt if the heat is just warm . This is so becasue your fridge exchanges heat for the cycle of gas being compressed and released that eventually cools your freezer. earlierr fridges had the coils on the back side which was open but now they are mounted on the sides with glass wool packing. Hence if your freezer and functions seems alright just see that the thermostat is not kept too much and allow the fridge to shut down frequently so that the coils cools by heat dissipation. I hope my advice is helpful Good day
Check your coils underneath the fridge to be sure they are clean.
Check your condensor fan (bottom rear of fridge) to make sure it is blowing air freely.
Make sure you have a good supply in the freezer, All of your cooling comes from the freezer section and a mostly empty freezer will result in more frequent running as ther is not enough stock to help maintian and hold freezing temperatures.
Check your freezer section to make sure there is no visible frost on the back wall of the freezer (down low on the panels behind and slightly above the lowest freezer basket. If you see frost starting to develop it means you have a defrost issue starting and will want to adress it rather quickly. Either a problem with the defrost control board (inside fridge/freezer control compartment) or the defrost thermostat (behind the freezer back panel on top of the evaporator coils).
Hopefully this helps!
The best thing to do is pull it away from the wall. Get the back bottom cover off (probably, card board). Get a good vacuum and clean the condenser coil of any dust....Getting the condenser coil as clean as possible, then replacing the fan motor would be your best option to get the fridge to run quieter and less frequent.
The "outside" coils that you are looking for on a refrigerator will be found either on the back, or in the case of your Amana, on the bottom - behind the toe space bezel. There are no coils on the back of the fridge.
The coils are usually thin, black grates that contain the refrigerant. Be careful not to damage them when cleaning. Open the freezer door (yours is a bottom freezer type) and simply grasp at the top of the bezel an gently pull away from the frame.
Use a narrow crevice vacuum tool attachment to pull the dust and debris from the coils. Use a flashlight to see beyond the very front. You may also wish to unplug the fridge so that you do not damage the fan if it is struck by the tool while running. You should vac the coils annually or more frequently if the fridge is in a dusty area - or there is a lot of pet hair collecting on the coils. Some fridges also have the fan hidden behind a removable panel on the at the bottom of the back side of the fridge. If cleaning fan blades - you must unplug the fridge before attempting. Vacuum any dirt and dust on visible coils seen near the fan.
How old is the unit? Did the problem start gradually or suddenly?
You'd be surprised what a negative effect dirty condenser coils can have on a refrigerant system. Try cleaning the coils on the bottom of the refrigerator and make sure the little fan that draws air across the bottom coils is running.
Loss of refrigerant can also cause inefficient cooling, but a refrigerator does not 'use' up freon and leaks are rare. If it's losing refrigerant, it's got a leak. But far more frequent are the problems noted above.
Remove the rear panel at the bottom of refrig which covers the compressor and coils . The coils should be cleaned about every 4-6 months . Place a length of 2x4 laid flat behind the fridge , to push the fridge against , as this also gives enough room for air circulation .
THE FREEZER MAY BE FROZEN UNDERNEATH THE COILS. UNPLUG THE KENMORE AND GET A VACUMM CLEANER OR A SHOP VAC AND CLEAN THE COILS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE FRIDGE. AFTER THAT REMOVE ALL ITEMS FROM THE FREEZER AND USE A SCREW DRIVER TO REMOVE THE PANELS FROM THE INSIDE OF THE FREEZER TO LOCATE THE COILS (INSIDE) THEY MAY NEED TO BE DEFROSTED DUE TO THE LENT BUILD-UP ON THE (UNDERSIDE) BOTTOM OF THE FRIDGE... HOPE THIS HELPS
found the problem .the compressor is not putting out enough cold to freeze the coils' only half the coils are freezing in the bottom of the fridge. the fan draws it's cold air from these coils and pulls it up to the top of the fridge where it's dispersed into the top half of the fridge' hence the stat never see's that it's cold enough to shut off the switch . in other words if the coils down below were all working a lot more colder air would be pulled up to the top and the stat would then shut off . Solution is to seek a refund from the service tech and buy a new fridge . it's not worth putting a new compressor into this one although it is only 5 years old hope this helps someone who has the same problem