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Hi, I have an Amana refriderator (Model ATB2232MRW) which I bought new in February 2009. Recently, the food section has stopped being cold enough to store food in. I've placed a thermomter in it and it's 62F. The freezer is working fine, and is maintaining a temperature of 0F. I've emptied both the freezer and food sections, and I turned it off for 24hours with the doors open, thinking that maybe something was blocking the flow of air (packaging or ice build up). I've plugged it back in and still no change. Is this something that I can fix on my own? Suggestions? Thanks, Keith

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Take the back off the fridge and there is a fan that should be working transferring cold air to the fridge, see if this is working if not then it needs replaced. Also check for any frozen coils and othe air obstructions and looks like you already done this so check the fan.

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    Dcramer531 Mar 13, 2011

    The fan should run when the compressor is running, if not the fan is bad. If the compressor is not running much then the defrost thermostat may be bad, but I suspect the fan.

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    Dcramer531 Mar 13, 2011

    find more of the defrost thermostats go bad more than fan motors.

    Before you defrost it, You would need to ohm the defrost thermostat out for continuity while its frosty, if no continuity, then thats bad.

    Here is another help link: http://www.applianceaid.com/frig_notcold...

    You would need to check for 120 volts at the evaporator fan motor, if you have it, then your fan motor is good, its likely that defrost thermostat and/or the adaptive control board.

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    Dcramer531 Mar 13, 2011

    You can check the thermocouple while it is frosty cold any other reading than 0-1 ohm while its frosty would mean its bad. if the motor checks good and then the thermocouple check good then the board is bad.

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