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Amana Model SQD22NBW Refrigeration stopped running MFG P1162412WW

Amana Refrigeration stopped running. The only thing that appers to run is the lights. It is in the garage and I went out to get something and noticed it had stopped cooling. I emptied the freezer and refrigerator (lost a lot of food that spoiled). I left it unplugged during the night and plugged it in that morning. The fan and compressor appeared to turn on and start cooling. About 1 hour later I returned and it had turned off. I tried it again the next day and it turned off in a couple of minutes. Is this a simple fix? What parts do I need to replace.


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  • eischman Jun 12, 2008

    Please add part #'s and a quick explanation of what I need to do

  • eischman Jun 12, 2008

    The refrig is no longer on warrentee. Only the light comes on, I hear no sound. When I let it sit for a while and replugged it in it sounded like the fan and compressor was running but then it cut off.
    You mentioned that it could be the compressor? Would the fan still run if it were the compressor? Someone told me it sounded like a defrost timer?

  • eischman Jun 13, 2008

    I am looking for th part #'s for the cold control and defrost timer that is suggested I replace.

    Does the cooling fan continue to run, if the compressor shuts off? This one is very important to know!

    When it cuts off both the fan and compressor cut off. Now it is so quickly it is hard to tell if both the compressor an fan come on.



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From your description, it sounds as if you are losing power to the running components. 1st, make sure your outlet wiring is tight and that the outlet is sound and not burned. Basically, it sounds as if your cold control is failing, but double check your outlet. If you've had any power outages or brown outs in the past few months, your cold control could have taken a hit.
Cold Control part no. 223393. Located in the freezer section, Note:
This advice is based on the information supplied by you and may not relate specifically to the model used for research. Be sure to have the model and manufacturing number handy when ordering parts. Below is a link to follow for repair assistance.

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    David Emmel Jun 12, 2008

    If you could be a little more definitive in your observations, it may help me to assess your issue by using the process of elimination. Please make the following observations, and please be absolutely certain of what you are observing. An "I think" here will mean a non- diagnosis.

    1. Is the compressor actually running and shutting off after a few minutes of run time?

    2. Is the cooling fan by the compressor running.

    3. Does the cooling fan continue to run, if the compressor shuts off? This one is very important to know!

    1. If the compressor shuts off and the fan keeps running, then you have a compressor issue.

    2. If both the compressor and fan shut off, then you either have a cold control issue or a defrost timer issue. In this particular situation, I would recommend replacing both your cold control and your defrost timer to save you time by eliminating both components as being a suspect.

    If you determine it to be a compressor issue, then a professional service tech. is required because this part of the sealed system.

    Any more questions let me know, or if this fixes it, please let me know by rating my solution.

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    David Emmel Jun 13, 2008

    Hey Brent,

    Just checking back to see how you are doing. If you got it fixed, would you kindly rate the advice I provided for you, so we can get some closure. If you need further assistance, please post me back, and I will see what I can do.

    Thank you,

    Dave E. (Illeagle)

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    David Emmel Jun 14, 2008

    If you go to the freezer compartment, you will see the cold control box with the adjuster knob. unplug the fridge, remove the 1/4" hex head screw, approx. 3" long. You can then remove the 2 wires attached to the terminals of the cold control, (don't touch the green wire as it serves no purpose in this test), Take the 2 wires and securely join them together and away from anything metal. Plug the unit in and if it stays running , then your cold control is faulty. That would save you from buying multiple parts.

    Post me back if you need any more assistance.

    Dave E (Illeagle)

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    David Emmel Jun 15, 2008

    Checking back in to see how we are progressing.

    Have a Happy Father's Day!

    Dave E. (Illeagle)


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First, check to see if the light comes on or if there is any fan, motor, or other sound coming from the appliance? If so, the refrigerator isn't really completely stopped--go to the specific problem you are having. If not, try adjusting the thermostat to a colder setting. If that doesn't work, read on.

Second, check to see if there is power getting to the refrigerator. To do that, plug a lamp or other device into the same outlet the refrigerator is plugged into. If there's no power, check the fuses or circuit breakers. If the fuses or breakers aren't the problem, contact a qualified electrician to restore power to the outlet.

If there is power to the appliance but it still seems to be stopped, there may be a problem in one or more of these:

  • Wiring

  • Thermostat

  • Defrost timer

  • Compressor

  • Overload and/or relay
If it is just that the unit is not cooling properly, it could be a problem with the compressor. If it is humming or making a continuous noise and your refrigerator is still not cooling, there may be a more serious problem with one or more of several different components.

If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator, there may be a problem with one or more of these:

  • The compressor

  • The Thermostat

  • The overload, relay, or capacitor

  • The defrost timer

  • The condenser fan motor

It could also be that it is simply too hot in your garage for the fridge to work properly. If that is the case, your compressor may be under strain and could have burnt out.

If your unit is under warranty, best thing to do would be to contact the manufacturer/point of purchase. (Warranty is usually 5 years).

There is no quick fix for this, and you will need to have some experience in refrigerator repairs. It seems most likely that the issue is a burnt out compressor. But whether it is the wiring or the compressor itself, will be hard to tell without testing for continuity, etc.

If you feel that you have correctly diagnosed the issue, and wish to try a DIY, I suggest you purchase a service manula first. Here is a good one:

You can then purchase the required parts from here:

Hope that helps! If you find my solution helpful, kindly take a moment to "Accept" my solution. Thanks.

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