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Amaana Model ABB2224DEQ 3 Years old. Unit stops cooling in the top refrig. compartment. Freezer seems ok. Remove food, let sit over night and then restart. Ran for two months and then did the same thing. Coils freezing up??? There is a noise that comes from the plastic housing in the top/back of the Refrig oompartment. One and off. Rather anoying. Bob F Email bob3fisch@comcast.net

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Warning! To avoid personal injury or even death, always disconnect your appliance from its power source--that is, unplug it or break the connection at the circuit breaker or fuse box--before you do any troubleshooting or repair work on your appliance. Also, because some components may have sharp edges, use caution while working on your appliance.

http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SmartSearch.aspx
The above link will allow access to the home page where you will need to enter the model number to access your product information.


Clicking on the underlined links will take you directly to that page.
1.Damper control :
May be shutting completely off, preventing air to flow into the fresh food compartment, thusly elevating temperature.
http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SSPartDetail.aspx?PartID=1057232&PPStack=1

2. Evaporator fan motor:
May be freezing up and stalling causing elevated temperature.
http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SSPartDetail.aspx?PartID=1034153&PPStack=1

3. The fan blade may be loose, this could also cause your elevated temperature and intermittent noise issue.
http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SSPartDetail.aspx?PartID=1042087&PPStack=1

4. Main control board:
This is less likely to be the problem but if all other options tank out then this could correct the situation.
http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SSPartDetail.aspx?PartID=1187559&PPStack=1

The above items are listed in order of probable cause, and are related to your temperature/noise issue.

Also Make Certain:
Both freezer and fresh food controls are set at equal positions, +/- 1 number/letter. Too far apart could cause freezing up of the fresh food control,(rare).

All doors are sealing properly at all times, inspect for items tending to put resistance on door closure.

Use the "know what you want, get in, get out", rule during high humidity/tempertaure days.

Dave E. (Illeagle)



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HI,

If the refrigerator isn't cool, you need to answer some questions, then see if the compressor is running.

First, answer these questions:

  • Is the refrigerator completely dead? If so, see “It's stopped completely.”


  • Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? If not, reset it.


Next, see if the compressor motor is running

The compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It's on the outside of the refrigerator at the back near the bottom. 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, we recommend contacting a qualified appliance repair technician for further help.

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


Cooling is poor For an overall understanding of how refrigerators should work, read about refrigerators in the How Things Work section of our website. A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:

Evaporator coils
Condenser
Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.

Evaporator coils 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.

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