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Amana model B136car# seems not to be defrosting

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There are only two elements in that defrost system; the heating coils themselves and a timer; I have lost both of these (not simultaneously) on occasion.
The timer is not costly and not that difficult to replace.
The heater coils are another matter; some DISassembly is required.
Since it is unlikely that coils in both the freezer and refrigerator are not likely to fail at once, it looks like the timer is at fault.

Posted on Jul 19, 2008

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Two big difference possibilities here...
1. Compressor/refrigerant failure... Catastrophic & prohibitively expensive...!!

2. Since every Amana I've seen in the last half of my life-time has been "self" Defrosting ... I'm going right out on that limb to say...

Your freezer COULD be totally blocked from freezing and cooling by a massive glob of FROST in the bottom...

Trouble shooting is not very hard... and the two most common failure parts *(defrost heater & defrost thermostat) are NOT overly expensive

Nor is the third element... the DEFROST TIMER... but I have every confidence you AMANA has a logic board rather than a mechanical timer (the good news is... the logic boards are pretty robust and enjoy an excellent reputation.

Since your REFIGERATOR/FREEZER is not working anyway...
power it off
open all the doors

empty and clean the exterior...

Look closely into the freezer side to see if there is visible frost build-up.

If there is... prepare for (a deluge) more water than your defrost drain pan might be able to handle.

Surround the unit with towels... and get out the WET/DRY vacuum if you have one. Air it completely out and make sure it is dry.

A room air fan would be great to rush things along.

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If you want quick cost effective service STAY AWAY from SEARS PARTS.

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Be safe... water and electricity are a not-so-good combination.

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http://shared.whirlpoolcorp.com/product_literature/search.jsp?siteCd=AMA

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