Freezer lower basket: how to get a replacement part not available in Canada
I have an Amana fridge model ARB2217CW, bottom freezer, and can't find (here in Canada) replacement for the freezer lower basket (no longer manufactured); what other model uses the same or compatible basket, so I can try and order the part? Thanks.
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My wife posted the information below and I would like to add more to the story: We have two identical Amana Bottom Freezer Refrigerators, Model:BRD18V2S installed in our Kitchen. Both fridges are in an alcove and stand next to each other. One fridge is used as the beverage fridge and othe other is used as a food fridge. At about 10pm she noticed that an entire bottle (600ml) of Gin had cracked and emptied into the refrigerator section of the fridge used for beverages. We do not know how long the spilled gin was in the fridge. She mopped it up and we went to bed.
At 7am the next morning, the beverage fridge and its freezer were showing 71 Degrees F. and everythind including the ice had melted. (We have aftermarket external temperature gages that show the fridge/freesor temperatures) The food fridge uninvolved with the gin spill was reading 68 Degrees F
The thermistor has probably failed. I had the same problem with my FF92s fridge/freezer. I replaced the thermistor and hey presto it works again.
The thermistor is loacted behind a removable panel inside the freezer section of the fridge/freezer. You also have to remove a polystyrene cover and a further metal cover to get tp the thermistor. Pull the metal cover from the left as it has wires attached to it on the right hand side. The thermistor is available to buy online, just google it.
As it turns out, I looked more closely at the baskets inside. We had noticed that if the top basket was slid all the way forward when we closed the door that it would close better. So I looked to see if they or the slides were out of alignment. They seemed ok, but then I saw that the way the bottom basket was hanging didn't seem right - it was not quite nestled into it's retainer slot. I took the baskets out and turned the bottom one around. It fit perfectly into it's retainer slot. I then replaced the top one (it was already in correctly) and closed the door. It sealed correctly the first time. I tested it several times after that and it sealed tightly. Closing the top door did not make it unseal as it had done before.
There are 3 componants to most defrosting systems. The defrost heater, the defrost thermostat, and the defrost relay. First you must remove and store your perishables safely. Then remove the panels in the freezer compartment to expose the evaporator. The defrost heaters will be attached to the evaporator and will have wires extending from them. Using an ohmmeter, see if there is continuity across the heater. If not replace it. Find the wiring diagram on the back of the unit and check for voltage into and out of the defrost relay. All of these items should be availible from a local refrigeration supply facilitiy.
See the post by lola77 with the same complaint. We have an Amana top/bottom freezer and are having the same problem and we've only had it 4 1/2 years. First service call available that the 1-800 number gave me was 3 days from now, which is ridiculous.