Hi, I have a 18 month old Amana bottom freezer 19 ci refrigerator. I came home today with the freezer dripping on the floor. The ref, has been making an odd clicking noise the last couple days when cycling the compressor on. I found the tech sheet attached under the ref, and performed the onboard diags. all seem to be working ok. all fans ok, coils are clean. I put i thermometer in the fridge and set it to the coldest setting. the fridge and freezer are cooling to 43f. I did notice when the fridge attempts turn kick on the compressor there is a loud click that lasts a few seconds and kicks out. i dont beleive the compressor is running correctly, the click seems to be coming from the overload switch on the compressor. Any ideas?? Your help would be great.
Thanks T. Gazzo
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Re: Amana bottom frezzer refrigerator
Gazzo, You are on the right track. I've been finding a lot of compressor failures on these Amana's. It's possible that the overload and relay for the compressor failed, but Im more inclined, from what I've seen, that the compressor is the problem. The compressor is covered under warranty, parts and labor for 5 years. I would call for warranty service...Catriver...post back.
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