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I have an Amana Bottom freezer refrig model ARB2117BS need to replace defrost thermostat. What do I need to take off inside the freezer to access the thermostat? I have the freezer door off. Does the ice maker have to come out or just freezer back panel? Is there anything else like side freezer panels that need to come off? I have the back of the refrig already off but not accessible thru the back. Mark

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  • aslick_alice Dec 11, 2009

    Thanks I need info on my brand not generic at this point. I've already been down that road.

  • aslick_alice Dec 11, 2009

    You have helped a lot because my main concern was what I needed to remove. I am replacing the defrost thermostat is the rest of your directions to replace the defrost timer or the defrost thermostat?

  • aslick_alice Dec 12, 2009

    Thanks this was a great help. Got the back off and can now see the thermostat and ready to test it.

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You are on the right path. Go ahead and remove the two screws at the bottom of the ice maker and lift it up and away from the freezer wall. Now you will need to un-plug the ice maker. You should be able to remove it now. next you will need to take out the screws that hold the back panel and lean it towards you to remove the ice maker receiving plug. Now the fan should be attached to this panel. Go ahead and disconnect it to remove the panel all the way. You should now see the evaporator coil. There should be a couple of black wires going to a thick disk like piece that is attached to a pipe. This is your defrost timer or clix-on. You can trace the wires to remove it but I usually cut them and add spade connectors in line. This helps in future changes. Now you can remove the clix-on disk. There is a strap clamp that holds it to the pipe. Use a screw driver to pry it off. Install the new one in the reverse order. Hope this answers your question. Good luck. Please accept and rate if this has helped. Thanks cj2176.

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The inside freezer wall has to be removed.The icemaker and tracks (slide out drawer) have to be removed so the wall will come out.,Once that is done you will see the defrost stat on upper left or right corner of evaporator.Make sure power is off ,you may have to cut and splice depending on the replacement you got.Tstat is 2 wires and it doesnt matter which way they go.If the refrigerator has not been defrosted you will need to do that first tstat could be covered with ice .Hope this helps. Please rate my response :)

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Hi,

I have a Generic Procedure which might help you :-

http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/repair/defrosthermo.php

If still unable to fix it, let me know so that i could check extensively for you.

Hope i helped you.

Thanks for using ' Fixya ' and have a nice day!!

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