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I have a Amana model ARB190ZCW. It's been working fine but refridgerator stopped cooling- or is cooling at very low setting. Freezer is working fine. No noises, but sounds like fan runs periodically.

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Hi,

Fan will run periodically only the defrost timer controls it.It will run based on the timer settings and flow the cold air and stops.If it runs continuously the fridge will freeze.

This problem could occur due to various reason.First you have to resolve for the cause of the issue.
1)First Check the back wall or floor of the freezer section for frost.The Freezer(evaporator) fan is running?.This fan problem is very hard to detect.The DC motor for the fan wears out the RPM's are effected.It gives the illusion that it is running fine,but it don't have enough force to supply air circulation for both the freezer and the refrigerator See weather the condenser coil for blockage from dust and the condenser fan is running.
2)If you have frost in the freezer there is a problem with the defrost system and the freezer will start to warm eventually as well as the fresh food section.Defrost system consist of:
a)Defrost terminator.
b)Defrost heater/s.
c)Defrost timer.
d)Adaptive defrost control.
Any one of this part may be defective.So we have to replace or repair accordingly.
* Defrost timer:
Try turning the screw with screw driver in clock wise direction or anticlockwise direction and wait for 35 min to check Defrost timer has any problem.
Solution for If you have frost in the freezer and make the fridge work:
You could defrost the freezer by disconnecting the power to the refrigerator and letting it sit for at least 24 hours with both Doors
wide open to allow the frost to melt completely but it will build up again in 1-2 weeks and start the warming up again.
* Heater and defrost thermostat is located behind the back wall of the freezer section.This only controls the Heat.After the Defrost timer stops it makes the system warm.Defrost thermostat could be defective.
3)Test the temperature control
With the ohm meter you can test it.If it does not show any reading this is the defective one you have to replace this soon.
4)Check for a clogged drain tube if it is clogged remove the clog.
5)Check the temperature setting.
Set it to max and min and check for any changes you can see in the system.
6)The the freezer vents cold air to the refrigerator.Occasionally the vent can become clogged with ice, food or other debris. Locate the vent and clear it. To remove ice, use a hair dryer set to "low". Using the high setting may cause damage to the components or interior of the refrigerator.
7)Test the evaporator fan.The evaporator fan circulates air over the refrigeration coils. The coils absorb heat and the chilled air is then circulated. If the fan does not operate, the freezer will not cool properly. The fan motor may have failed, but check first that something is not simply blocking the fan blade.


For time being Solution:Switch off your Refrigerator for 4-8 hours and melt the "snow" build-up in the freezer section.Use hair dryer to melt it quickly.Now switch on the system and see the cooling effect.It will be increased.The snow" build-up in the freezer section will not allow the cool air to flow into the Refrigerator.There will be valve in the backside through which cool air flows.

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