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I have an amana abc2037des. Freezer won't defrost. I replaced the defrost heater and the thermostat defrost kit. Still won't defrost. Now what? I am thinking the control board is bad? thank you, Chris

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  • cbenjamin155 Sep 09, 2010

    Forgot to mention that the temp is set at 3. Also, the unit NEVER turns off, runs constantly. Drives me absolutely nuts.

    Thanks,

    Chris

  • cbenjamin155 Sep 10, 2010

    Hello,



    Thank you for the suggestions. I'll check for what you suggested. I had to defrost the unit yesterday, again, it has been running continuously since, with the frost building up again. Gotta admit, will never buy an Amana again as this is not the only issue I have had with it. Sadly it is made by Maytag, so I guess I won't be buying a Maytag either. What happened to refriges lasting 30 years? Oh yeah, profits, I forgot. My dad was a repairman for 35 yrs w/ GE. He said they just don't make them like they used to. Sad.

    Thanks again,

    Chris

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In both cases it was the defrost timer, an electric clock switch that turns the defrost on & off. On these, you can check this by manually advancing the timer until it goes into defrost. On my ~8 year old Amana, the timer can be advanced at a recessed screwdriver-slotted red knob on the ceiling of the frig portion just behind the panel with the temp controls. If yours has this, advance the knob & see if the defrost turns on (you can tell because the switch clicks and if the compressor is running at the time, it shuts off).

Easy and cheap to replace, if that's the problem. Also if the thing's iced up you can defrost it a couple times this way and get air moving again until you can replace the part.

Other guess could not thermostat. That doesn't control defrost. First check for power on the defrost heater. If none then check deforst timer for power in. If present then change defrost timer. That is where power comes from to the heater. If power then bad heater.

Thermostat controls the compressor. When the temp inside goes up the thermostat turns on the compressor to cool the fridge or freezer. Here's the diagram. It looks like if the thermostat is "open", the heater won't run...

I have an amana abc2037des. - 3a18f9c.jpg

Also, in thius links, can check info...
- applianceaid.com/defrost_cycle.html
- applianceaid.com/frig_notcold.html#ff

Hope helps.

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Hi!!
If your fan is working fine and the temp. is set about 1/3 of the range ie, if your dial goes from 1-9, set it on 3.
The fault could be the control board, ice obstructing the air duct or a small refrigerant leak. When the refrigerant pressure is low, the evaporator coil also freezes up.
Good Luck!!

Posted on Sep 09, 2010

  • Rene J Solis Sep 10, 2010

    One last thing to check is the relay/start capacitor, it may be defective and keeps unit running all the time. If the capacitor is OK, the only thing left that can keep the unit working at all times is the control board, one or more of its components is defective. REPLACE IT.

  • Rene J Solis Sep 11, 2010

    Yes, you're absolutely right, they do not make them the way they used to. Thanks for using FixYa.

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The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

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Hello TraciK,

It is likely you could fix it YOURSELF
for less than the cost of your ruined food...
(we can do this).

Refrigerators... while divinely simple... are self
sufficient (noble) appliances that are designed to
take care of themselves. Clean them, love them & they
will serve faithfully for DECADES...

ELSE... comment me back (I do love'em).

I have a '94 Amana.. Counter depth, STAINLESS,
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Likewise mine also DOES NOT have a DEFROST TIMER...
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Mine (of course) is MANUFACTURER DISCONTINUED
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NOT only are your parts available... but
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If you "refrigerator" has been UNPLUGGED for
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You are most likely suffering from a DEFROST
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control of a DEFROST THERMOSTAT... designed
to go "OPEN" (no connect) at temperatures
above 55 degrees (room temp (chilly))...

This is ENOUGH to melt frost but not affect your
food... nor cause damage to the soft PLASTIC
REFRIGERATOR'S interior.

To test for DEFROST issues on a single EVAPORATOR
refrigerator (yours)... you need only look through the vents of one that has been running a COUPLE of WEEKS.

You will likely see an EXCESSIVE build-up of FROST.

/If you look into your defrost pan... it s likely quite DRY...
Testing with a clean, fresh piece of typing paper ..
would QUICKLY leave water marks on a fresh [piece
of paper...
(Same as testing for a leaky valve under your sink).

~~

((a single drop will QUICKLY mark the paper)).

There are only 3 parts to YOUR defrost circuit:
- Defrost PC Board
- Defrost Thermostat
- Evaporator Heater element

The only other (REMOTE) possibility would be the
AIR-FLOW is being blocked by a bad "DAMPER"
(also has video instructions (see below)).

Video
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