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ARB1914CW AMANA REFRIGERATOR. FREEZER PART SEEMS TO BE WORKING FINE BUT THE FRIGE SECTION IS NOT. TEMPERATURE IS STARTING TO RISE IN THAT SECTION AND TURNING THE THERMOSTAT UP HIGHER DOES NOT EVEN TURN THE UNIT ON. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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  • bill9770 Jul 23, 2008

    Condenser coils were cleaned two months ago and look to be still quite clean. The unit has power as the inside lights work.

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Hi,

Please check the fan that blows cold air from the freezer through the vents toward the refrigerator section. Open the door, press on the door switch, wait for a minute or more, the fan should kick in. If not defective, corroded or frozen.

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Hi

you might have a dirty condenser. Models equipped with a fan in the compressor area will need to have the condenser cleaned on a periodic basis. As the condenser collects dirt and dust the refrigerator will run longer.

Here's how to do it:

1) Pull the refrigerator away from the wall, and unplug it. Or, if it's a built-in model, turn off its circuit breaker.

2) Remove the cover panel to reveal the coils. On most models, the kick plate or top trim plate simply lifts off. You may have to remove a few screws to remove a back cover.

3) With a long, narrow nozzle on your vacuum, clean out all of the dust and debris. (At an appliance parts store, you can buy a special long-handled brush that looks somewhat like a bottle brush for this job.)

4) Replace the cover, and then plug the electrical cord back in or turn the circuit back on.
As a rule, refrigerators are the most dependable of all large appliances. Even so, they do fail to do their jobs adequately on occasion, and when they do, the results can be disastrous because expensive food can spoil in a hurry.



Again these are the things that you should check, because
Your unit may have dirty condenser coils, a door that doesn't seal tightly, or a defective temperature control.
1) Check the cold control. Be sure it is set to "cold." Normally, the temperature inside the refrigerator should be about 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

2) Listen for the freezer fan inside the freezer. When the freezer fan is running, it means the defrost timer and the cold control in the refrigerator are both set to cool.

3) Listen for the compressor fan, where the compressor is located (typically behind or beneath the refrigerator. When the freezer fan is operating, the compressor fan should also be working (most of the time).

4) If one of the fans is not working or the compressor is off, the refrigerator will offer very little cooling or none at all. Call a repairperson.

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Posted on Jul 23, 2008

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Jul 23, 2008

    Hi-

    Check the fans if its running, if not chances are you need to have your refrigerator service, if its within warranty call your manufacturer for home service.


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HI,

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


Posted on Jul 23, 2008

  • Priya darshan Jul 23, 2008

    If you are unable to troubleshoot the problem from here, you will have to contact a qualified appliance repair technician.

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