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You should be able to ill the drawer right out of the slot. There may be a catch as you pull it out . So pull easy in case.

Amana ARS2661B... | Answered on Feb 01, 2013

What you probably didn't notice was that the freezer has not been going through it's normal defrost cycle. Because of this un-noticed event going on, there has been frost building up on the evaporator coils that doesn't belong there. After this frost continues to build up over the course of a few days to a week or so, now you are going to start to notice the effects.

Here is what's happening when you have a malfunction in the defrost system.
  • Air cannot circulate from the freezer(where the cold happens basically) to the fresh food section.
  • Your refrigerator will run constantly to try to cool the fresh food section. This will develop a new set of problems with your refrigerator. More on that later....
  • Excess frost builds up within the coils inside the freezer. This is what is blocking the air flow to the fresh food section
  • Usually you will notice the icemaker will stop making ice. Poor air flow and not quite cold enough temperatures in the freezer cause this
  • Water will not come through the dispenser on the door. Cold air settles, the water resovoir will freeze.
  • Compressor may overheat and shut off. This is when you hear, click, click, click. Not good
  • Ice Cream in the Freezer will start to get soft. That's really not that bad. lol
What can you do about this. Let me explain the defrost system in general so you get an understanding of what is going on.
The coils inside the freezer are the only part inside the whole refrigerator that "get cold". They need to stay free from excess frost build up so that air can pass through the coils and reach the refrigerator section of your refrigerator. Every eight hours or so, depending on the type of defrost timer or control you have, the compressor and fans will shut off and the machine will go into defrost mode When the refrigerator is in defrost there is a heater that is tied into the evaporator coils inside the freezer that comes on. This heater is behind the rear panel inside the freezer where the evaporator coils are located. It melts the frost that has accumulated over the course of time. After about thirty minutes the machine comes out of defrost and goes back to normal operation.
Now the air can continue to pass through the coils and keep the freezer frozen and the refrigerator cool and everybody is happy.you need to do a continuity test on the defrost thermostat this is the one piece that i find mainly is the reason out of most of the repairs on fridgerators that i do also while testing defrost thermostat also test the defrost heater and assure that the fan is working as well lastly you would replace the defrost timer if all else checked out in proper working order if you have any further questions message me back and please remember to rank how this opinion has helped Thanks again Rick p.s to access the defrost cycle parts you have to remove the rear panel in your freezer

Amana ARS2661B... | Answered on Jan 15, 2011


Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out thelast two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...

Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor

Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay
Refrigerator or Freezer not Cooling or Getting Cold


Amana ARS2661B... | Answered on Oct 28, 2010


The refrigerator gets its cold air from the freezer, usually through a flap between the two sides. First make sure your temperature control has not been turned down in your refrigerator. You might have to defrost your freezer to get the flap working again, which could mean something in the defrost circuit is bad.

Also note that
The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.

If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.

Hope this works and Good luck in fixing....

Amana ARS2661B... | Answered on Jul 28, 2010

There are a few reasons why the refrigerator part will not cool...here are a couple of tips that will help you to figure out why the refrigerantor is not cooling...

Refrigerator2_bing.gif not Cooling or Fridge not Cooling

How to Defrost Refrigerator Defrost Timer Problem


Amana ARS2661B... | Answered on Jun 09, 2010

Repair is cost prohibitive, time to get a new refrig. Look into the energy star rebates available in your state. Most states are running, or will soon be running, the state energy star rebate programs similar to the Cash For Clunkers car rebates. Each state sets up their own program, and when the funds are gone, you are out of luck. In my state, the program starts March 1, 2010 with a $100 rebate, or $200 rebate with certified "demanufactuer of old refrig" (recycling by a proper recyler)

Amana ARS2661B... | Answered on Feb 06, 2010

Best off to call a reliable service company such as Sears. It could be the defrost thermostat or the defrost termination thermostat or the defrost heater.

Amana ARS2661B... | Answered on Feb 01, 2010


I`ll try and keep this simple as possible, as it should be under these circumstances.

**unplug the unit before attempting any service**

I looked up your model number based on the info at the header on your post which states ``ARS2661B`` and although that appears to only be a partial model number the schematic identifies those wires as blue & white. In the case where there is a blue & white wires as opposed to blue and black usually the blue is the same as white, hence it identifies neutral or ``N`` and the black remains ``L1`` or line. You may try this either way with no consequence, one way will work one won`t, simple.

Having said that, the blue wire will go to the terminal on the protector with the ``N`` and the black wire will go to the terminal identified with the ``L``.

That should do it, if you`re only concerned about those 2 wires.

Hope that helps, let me know either way please.

Good luck.

macmarkus :)

Amana ARS2661B... | Answered on Nov 15, 2009

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Amana ARS2661B... | Answered on Oct 13, 2009

if the fan is not running then most likely the defrost stat has failed but you should also check the fan for continuity if you have continuity the fan should be ok you can find a defrost stat on parts advantage.com

Amana ARS2661B... | Answered on Sep 22, 2009

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