Question about Amana 22.6 cu. ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator with FrontFill Ice and Water
I recently purchased a home. The kitchen has a side-by-side Amana fridge/freezer with no ice maker. WHen we moved in, the fridge and freezer settings were on low. We turned them up to mid-level (7 is the highest) and proceeded to put things in. After a day or so, I noticed that the temperature in the fridge was not as cold and that items in the freezer were starting to defrost. I can hear the fridge running almost all of the time and the metal strip between the fridge and freezer is very hot (I placed a thermometer on it and removed it when it hit 50 degreesC). After 4 days it seemed to reach capacity. However, last Saturday it started again. Things are defrosting (though not totally) and the air is blowing cold (but not cold enough). The Beverage chiller is not as cold as it was and the fridge is also warmer. My untechnical temp measurements show fridge temp at 7 degreesC and freezer hovering around 1-2 degreesC. I have not taken anything apart yet, though I have pulled it out at unplugged and plagged it back in. Things look to be clean. No idea how old the appliance actually is as can't find the user manual.
Firstly, the thermostats are usually calibrated at one elevation and where the fridge ends up may be above or below that so the number settings on the dial aren't that relevant. You should adjust the thermostat in increments then check the temperature after 24 hours, then adjust again if necessary. The fridge should be as close to 40 degrees F. as possible and the freezer about 26 degrees F. (if memory serves me). The heat you detected is the unit in defrost cycle and should be considered normal if intermittent and a problem if constant. There should be a switch to turn off and on the defrost feature if you determine it's a problem.
I hope this helps you and good luck.
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