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Defrosting Problem Hi: I have an Amana 84" Integrated Side by Side Refrigerator Model S148DA01 (or model # S148C01 as stated in the last repai bill) with serial # 9910261862. I am having a defrosting problem and have done the following already: I changed the defrost thermostat with a new one and I tested the heater by hooking 110 Volt power directly to the terminals for about 3 minutes. The heater got really hot but did not turn red in color at all. Question 1) Is the heater good, did I test it correctly? Question 2) Where is the timer located so I can test it? Question 3) There is a small flat thermostat on the top right corner of the freezer's bottom back panel (the size of a penny), What does it do and how can I test it? I would really appreciate any help with these questions. Thank You in advance G Fernandez gfernandez@platinadorabaja.com

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  • tato1 May 11, 2008

    The freezer was not keeping ice cream and ice cubes frozen properly (ice craem became very soft). Two days ago I took the back panels out and noticed that the top (or top half) of the evaporator was full of ice and I concluded that this was keeping the air from getting through. So I turned off the fridge and opened the freezer door until all of the ice melted away, put it back together and turned it back on. The frreezer worked perfectly for a couple of days until this morning when the ice cream was soft again. I took it apart once again and found the top half of the evaporator frozen again.

  • tato1 May 11, 2008

    Thanks. Could you answer my 3 questions specifically? I know for a fact that either the timer or the heating element (or both) are bad and need to know how to trouble shoot them. I need to know if my testing of the heating element is good and I need to know exactly where the timer is in my particular fridge.

  • tato1 May 11, 2008

    I would like my 3 questions answered in a very specific way (for my refrigerator only). I can not locate the timer in order to test it, I need to know if the test I performed on my heating element is acceptable (Is my heating element good or not?) and I would like to know what the second small flat thermostat's function is and how to test it.

    Thank you all

  • tato1 May 11, 2008

    The seals are in perfect shape, plus I have added a silicon grease ( made specially for refrigerators to ensure proper sealing) to the seal all around the fridge and freezer.
    Plus I left the freezer empty and only opened it a couple of times to see how cold it was.
    Con you answer my 3 questions specifically for my fridge?

    Thanks

  • tato1 May 11, 2008

    I would like my 3 original questons answewd please.
    Anybody???

  • tato1 May 11, 2008

    Thanks, I will look for the timer. Do you think I can get the service manual for this exact fridge somewhere?
    I will try what you suggest and I will get back to you.

  • tato1 May 11, 2008

    Thanks, I will look for the timer. Do you think I can get the service manual for this exact fridge somewhere?
    I will try what you suggest and I will get back to you.

  • tato1 May 11, 2008

    Thanks, I will look for the timer. Do you think I can get the service manual for this exact fridge somewhere?
    I will try what you suggest and I will get back to you.

  • tato1 May 11, 2008

    juniorjcf: There is no model number anywhere inside the fridge. The two model numbers I gave you came from the invoice (from Home Depot) and from an invoice from an Amana repair guy who came by last year. It is going to be very difficult to look behind since it is a built in fridge.

  • tato1 May 12, 2008

    I have looked everywhere inside the fridge and there is no sticker. I will move the refrigerator out later today and see if there is a model number there.

    Thanks

  • tato1 May 13, 2008

    No sticker anywhere with the model # but I double checked with Amana and Model S148DA01 is the correct number. This is what I have done so far:
    1) I put in a brand new defrost thermostat (bi-metal)
    2) I cleaned (very thouroughly with compressed air) the condenser for the compressor.
    3) I hooked up 110 V straight to the evaporator heater and it got hot but it never got red at all.
    I unplugged the fridge and let the evaporator completely defrost, I then dried the entire freezer. I hooked it back up and put both the refrigerator and freezer controls on Max cold settings (This was last night at 7:00 p.m.) This morning I woke up to a very cold refrigerator and a not so cold freezer. So I took the back freezer panel and the top fourth of the evaporator is conpletely covered with white snow( therefore no air gets through to the freezer recirculating fan while the fridge sucks air from the bottom part of the condensor and keeps the fridge side perfectly cool).
    This unit does not have a timer, it uses an electronic circuit board.
    What do you suggest I do? I have the following theory:

    The heater does not get hot enough (or does not stay on for long enough) and since the heater is at the bottom of the evaporator
    only the bottom 75% of the evapporator gets defrosted while the top 25% does not.

    So the way I see it it can be one of three things:
    1) The heater is not getting hot enough
    2) The thermistor (Part # C8983701) located right next to the evaporator cover (which supposedly sends a signal based on the freezer temp to trhe circuit board)
    3)The Circuit Board is not sending the correct signals to the heater and its either not staying on long enough or the cycle is too long.

    What do you recommend?

  • tato1 May 13, 2008

    Please look at my comment from Today (May 13) and help me if you can.

    Thanks

  • tato1 May 14, 2008

    I have ordered the thermistor, the circuit board and the heater just in case (22 dollars). If I have to change the circuit board, Do I need to program anything at all or will it just start working? THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

    Thanks

  • tato1 May 14, 2008

    Thanks bestdarngood. I hope you're right.

  • tato1 May 14, 2008

    Thanks IrishDruid.

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Look ill make this simple for you just e mail me at b4829@yahoo.com send you a goody on your unit just say amana freezing and hold my rating till you see ok

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Most modern freezers don't need to be defrosted, but should be washed out and cleaned periodically. Following are steps for defrosting freezers that need it -generally when ice builds up to a thickness between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch.
Things You’ll Need:
Sponges
Blow Dryers
Dishtowels
Mixing Bowls
Ice Chests
1. Turn the freezer off. Controls may be inside the refrigerator.
2. Remove all food from the freezer and store in an ice chest while you are defrosting.
3. Remove ice in the freezer compartment. This can be done by: a) letting the freezer door stand open until ice melts; b) putting a pan of hot water in the freezer compartment and closing the door, then checking for melting ice and reheating the water every 10 to 15 minutes; c) using a hair dryer by aiming warm air at ice in freezer until it melts.
4. Pick up ice and water as it melts with a dishcloth or sponge and deposit into sink.
5. Use a sponge or dishcloth and a bowl of warm water to thoroughly wipe out inside of freezer once the freezer is cleared of ice.
6. Turn the freezer back on, close the door and let run for 10 to 15 minutes before returning food to the freezer.
7. Put food back into freezer and close the door.

Posted on May 13, 2008

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    micromaster May 13, 2008

    Best thing to do is empty it, turn it off overnight with the door open and allow all the ice to melt then turn it back on the next day



    Thank you

  • micromaster
    micromaster May 13, 2008

    There is some sort of hole or drain pan, there has to be....
    At the bottom of the freezer compartment, there is a hole that collects the water at the defrost cycle.

    At the top of the fridge compartment, usually on the right side, there is a small pan collecting the defrost water and deliver them to an aluminium pan attached to the top side of the compressor where the heat generated from it, evaporates the water.
    So, your problem is that the water passage is blocked and the little stream that runs every 6 hours is the result.

    To fix it, you will have to disconnect it from the mains and let it defrost completely and then clean the water passage.

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First, your heater is good
second, the timer is located at the control panel, look for a small hole at the control panel, put everything back together wait it to get cold and with a screw drive turn it slow until you hear a click and stop wait few minutes and look to see if your heater get hot if not, replace your ref thermostat
third its is not a thermostat , its a sensor and you don't gonna be able to test

Posted on May 11, 2008

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  • that sensor never get bad

  • open your ref door and look for a silver sticker with the model number

    make sure that is the right model number please

    S148DA01

  • If your ref doesn't get into defrost cycle by itself, replace the timer

  • Trust me, I can help you

    I do service repair for a company in West Palm Beach for 8 years

  • look inside the ref at the top for a white sticker

  • replace thermistor than if it didn't work replace circuit borad

    The thermistor cost 23.10 at repairclinic.com anr circuit board

    Pn=12106802 cost 126.20

  • remenber to turn off the ref before replace the board

    the circuit board if the same


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From the sounds of it, you have too much moisture in the freezer.

Is the door closing and sealing all of the way or is there a leak anywhere else?

You need to keep defrosting it and drying it out and if the ice build up continues then there must be a leak or the door is being left open too long or something along these lines.

Let me know what you think about what I said and please let me know if you have further concerns or questions for me. thanks

Posted on May 11, 2008

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    Benjamin Patri May 11, 2008

    The build up of ice could also be a clogged drain.

    the heater sounds fine, it should not turn red

    The timer should be above the freezer usually or somewhere at the top and/or back

    that other thermostat I believe just keeps track of the temperature at the bottom of the freezer



  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri May 11, 2008

    please take a look at this website for more on your problem

    http://www.applianceaid.com/frig_notcold...

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri May 11, 2008

    sensors can go bad and stop working, the likeliness is just very low

    this one isn't the problem, I really don't think

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri May 11, 2008

    this will be a very close match to your refrigerator if not the exact manual

    http://www.retrevo.com/search/v2/jsp/dow...

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri May 13, 2008

    If when hooking up the 110V the heater was hot all the way through, then your thermistor (Part # C8983701) is the problem and should be replaced.

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri May 13, 2008

    the heater should not turn red

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri May 14, 2008

    the circuit board if the same exact one should be set up to work right out of the box as soon as you connect it.

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri May 14, 2008

    no problem, let me know the outcome


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Could you kindly elaborate on what exactly is the defrosting issue?

Posted on May 11, 2008

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    Swilin Sampson May 11, 2008

    Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up
    on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on
    the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the
    presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of
    the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the
    self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.



    The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every
    24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails,
    the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost
    builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over
    the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are
    icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator
    compartment is quite limited.



    Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is
    with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the
    refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and
    leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready
    in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows
    the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice
    build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal
    setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with
    one of three components in the self-defrosting system:




    • The defrost timer

    • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal
      switch)

    • The defrost heater


    If it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem
    with the refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a
    qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem



    Condenser


    Self-defrosting
    refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the
    refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with
    dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may
    appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower
    kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source,
    use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and
    your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not
    be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to
    clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.



    BTW, here is a pic of what a timer looks like:



    This interactive picture will show you where to locate most or the refrigerator components. The timer is usually at the top:
    http://www.repairclinic.com/0100_1.asp


    Hope that helps!

  • Swilin Sampson
    Swilin Sampson May 11, 2008

    1. The heater itself is good, and does not necessarily have to turn red. However, if you find that it does not get warm during a regular defrost cycle, it could indicate bad wiring, and not necessarily a bad heater. The best way to test this is to test for continuity (using an ohmeter), with one sensor on the leadd in an the other on the lead out. What you did to test your heater is not wrong, if you are testing for the heater specifically.

    2. Generally, in a side by side model, the timer would be located in the control panel/behind the toe kick panel or on the back wall of the fridge. I am not sure about your particular model though. If you know what it looks like, it should be easy enough to spot.

    3.Most likely the cold control thermostat, if its connected to the temperature control.

  • Swilin Sampson
    Swilin Sampson May 13, 2008

    Your heater is fine. Looks like the logic /control board is faulty. I would look to get that replaced along with the thermistor/defrost thermostat.
    Also check the refrigerant level and the compressor.

  • Swilin Sampson
    Swilin Sampson May 14, 2008

    No, there is nothing to program. Just make sure you have the CORRECT board, and you have installed it correctly :)

  • Swilin Sampson
    Swilin Sampson May 14, 2008

    Cheers! All the best!

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