20 Most Recent Amana DRB1901C Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Questions & Answers

replace the defrost thermostat on the coils in the freezer and you will be good to go. Here is the part to order.

Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Feb 10, 2013

Hello there,
If your refrigerator is not cooling, but is running perfectly, you will have to test the defrost thermostat, defrost heater and the defrost timer, when you test them, replace the faulty part and it will work perfectly fine.
If that does not solve the problem, then check the door switch. Make sure you check the refrigerator if it is still having gas in the cylinder. If there is no gas the refrigerator will be working perfectly fine but will never get cool.
Would be glad to know if this information was helpful to you. All the best Elect_Comp

Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Sep 26, 2011

NOTE: This
is a multi-solution answer since I don't have all the tech from your question to pinpoint your problem
But the solution is in here generically, if you read and study the solutions very,very carefully.
Check Temp inside freezer. It has to be down to about 10 or 15 degrees
This can cause slow ice making if its too high even tho its freezing everything else at 25 degrees
See if water is in icemaker.
Pour water in Ice Maker and wait to see if it ejects.
If it ejects thenyou need to replace water valve in rear bottom of fridge(Its the part that
attaches to water line out of wall)
If it doesn't eject then it is a faulty Ice Maker.
If its leaking or no water at icemaker or door either one, then the valve at the rear bottom of ref needs replacing
First I would check the fan in the freezer. Listen to see if it is running
It moves air to the ref from the freezer
Then check to see if freezer control is turned WARMER, which makes the Ref. colder
Also if it is getting drinking water to the door but not to the icemaker (or vice versa) Then you need to replace
the water valve at the bottom rear of the fridge. It is a double valve and one side is not working
Also this might be a common Defrost problem, Ice
is not being melted by the defrost system.The fan can't blow through the coils into the fridge.
Take out back panel of freezer to check for ice buildup. The coils should be clean.
There are three components to a defrost system- a heater,heater thermostat, and a timer unless you have a defrost electronic card.
Its best handled by a Technician but you could possibly do it by taking your model number to the nearest appliance parts store and asking for the parts. They are mostly located in freezer ,behind back panel on freezer coils.except the card which is usually located in ref The parts store will have info
Also check fan undernearh Ref in the rear
Clean condenser coils underneath
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Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Aug 04, 2011

Yes exactly,sounds to me that the compresser motor is locked up

hehe sounds like your pretty knowledgable with appliances and im always looking for a good technicain for my service co. if ya need work let me know :)

Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Jul 24, 2011

sound like compressor or starting device on compressor always use overload and relay never use a hard start device...

Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Jan 28, 2011


If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last 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 start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

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Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Nov 30, 2010

If neither cooler or freezer is working it sounds like the compressor is locked up. When that happens it tries to start and will hold the start capacitor in until it overheats the safety contacts. It will overheat in about 3 seconds and then kick out. This happens sometimes if the door is opened right after the compressor has turned off because it is cold enough in the cooler/freezer. However if this continues time after time and the compressor does not start, you probably need a new compressor. You may consider a new refrigerator, since compressor changeouts are fairly expensive.

Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Sep 21, 2010


As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer2_bing.gif and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...

Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

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Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Jun 21, 2010

I suspect your real problem is not the defrost drain being plugged but a defrost issue. It sounds like your fridge is not defrosting causing a lack of air flow to the fridge section. You can remove the inside back wall of the freezer to expose the evaporator coils and see if they are all frosted over. Your defrost drain is below the coils in the center of the opening.
Most likely the defrost thermostat has failed. This part is also located in the freezer and is clipped to the coils on the top right hand side. It looks like a small round thing and usually has a pink and orange wire or a pink and brown wire attached to it.
The other possible culprit could be the defrost timer that is located int the ceiling of the fridge section next to your controls.
Good luck!

Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Jun 14, 2010

Good day,
1. There is a modulating thermostat that is located in the top rear of food compartment. It is controlled to open more or less depending on the owners choice, by a knob which is located near the front of the compartment and controls the opening with a small notched belt.
On a good day it is a bear to access.
However, if that control fails it could be denied cold air from the freezer, where it gets it's cold air.

2. The defrost system may have failed. Frost on the rear panel of the freezer compartment will be your first clue.
The defrost system is made up of 3 parts.
A. The timer, which is located in the top of the fresh food section just behind the knob that controls the temperature. Using a very small screw driver, you can turn the shaft clockwise until the compressor shuts off. Leave it that way with the machine left on, and wait 45 minutes. If the machine starts back up, the timer is O.K.
B. Behind the rear panel of the freezer, is the main heater, mounted to the evaporator coils. (Looks a lot like a bake element in an electric range). It can be checked with an ohm meter, but rarely fails.
C. The defrost thermostat. A small round disk mounted on the top of the evaporator. Accounts for most defrost failures.

P.S. Yes, it is a difficult and time consuming machine to work on.

Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Nov 08, 2009

Should be down in front behind the kick panel.... If not then it will be in the compressor compartment.

Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Aug 05, 2009

find the defrost timer and turn it until it clicks if it defrost and does not advance the timer is bad

Amana DRB1901C... | Answered on Aug 05, 2009

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