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Refrigerator not getting cold and freezer keeps forming ice near the bottom


I was wondering if you can help me. I have a 10 yr old amana refrig. The door gasket was warped for a while so it wouldnt cool b/c cool air was leaking out. I changed it but it still wouldnt cool, don't know if the prolonged period of warped gasket somehow damage certain frig parts b/c by making it overwork to keep cool. Do you have any idea? the two dials work when turned on, just wont get cool. thanks so much for any info.

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  • oceanavenue2 Jul 16, 2008

    Hi mike,

    1. It's not cold like around room temp or cooler than room temp, if you put your hand in it, its not cool like what a refrig should feel. you dont feel much cold air.

    2. I do not have a thermometer with me right now so I have to get back to you on with numbers, but there is no cold air, u can hear the refrig constantly running trying to make it cold though. when its cold, the refrig would stop, but now it just keeps going on , I guess b/c it knows that its still not cold yet.

    3. there is buildup of frost on the back wall of freezer. everytime i remove the frost, it would rebuild again. In the past, when I remove it, it doesnt come back, now it does and I have to keep doing it or the refrig will make a loud noise when the frost completely covers up the back wall vent.

    4. I turned it off in the past to replace the gasket, but it was already not cold before I turned it off due to the warped gasket.

    5. is the compressor a common prob? is it expensive and hard for me to replace myself? how do i test if its bad.

    Thank you so much for your time.

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    need to keep defrosting freezer and fridge works for a day or two until ice build back up and need to defrost. Any suggestions

  • Mike Durland
    Mike Durland May 11, 2010

    • is it not cold, like room temperature or hotter or is it just not cold enough? 

    • approx temperatures would be great if you have a thermometer. 

    • also check for any buildup of frost in the back wall of the freezer. 

    • has the machine been turned off for a long time? (over 1 day) 

    • the door gasket problem could overwork the compressor causing it to be prematurely weak in pressure.



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  • the frost buildup in the freezer will definitely cause the refrigerator to be warm. 
  • but if you defrost it completely (overnight with the door open), it should work fine for a day or so after. if it does then it is just a defrost problem. 
  • compressors do last a long time but after 10 years it is possible that it is starting to get weak.
  • changing the compressor is a complicated and expensive job.

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