My Amana side by side started warming up in the refrigerator compartment but was staying cold in freezer. It has three blower vents in the refrigerator (one in back and two in front that blow into the door compartments). I could not feel any air coming from any of these. I cleaned the coils underneath, unpluged it and let it defrost. after about five hours, I plugged it back in and it seemed to work great. I could feel the cold air blowing into the refrigerator compartment. It worked well for almost 24 hours. I then noticed the problem came back. I am pretty handy but have never worked on an appliance before. I think it may have a problem defrosting automatically but, I don't know what part would need to be replaced or where to find it. Please Help.
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Re: Freezer is cold but refrigerator is not.
If the fan is still working (and it sounds like it is, then the evap coils are frozen up. A typical failure is the defrost bi-metal t-stat but I've also seen LOTS of the adaptive defrost circuit boards fail on this model. I would lean toward the circuit board first as the culprit.
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If the vent from the freezer to the refrigerator is not blocked with food or paper particles, then it's likely the defrost system is not working properly. You will need a technician to determine the cause.
The fresh food compartment is cooled by air being blown from the freezer compartment into the fresh food compartment. Something is restricting that air flow which causes your fresh food compartment to stay warm.
There is a panel, or door if you will, that separates the freezer and fresh food compartments. The freezer temp control determines how much cold air is allowed to escape into the fresh food compartment by opening or closing this panel.
If the panel is restricted from moving (stuck closed, for example), the freezer will get VERY cold while the fresh food compartment will be warm.
Try thoroughly defrosting the refrigerator. Possibly an accumulation of ice is preventing the panel from moving and/or is restricting air flow from the freezer to the fresh food compartment. It's a free fix and may solve your problem altogether.
If that doesn't help, or helps only temporarily, you may have a problem with panel itself or the linkage that connects it to the control mechanism. Unless you're skilled in appliance repair, checking and repairing these components will require the help of a service technician
It is possibly your defrost element which is not working causing a build up of ice and reduced airflow through the freezer compartment. This is located behind a cover in the freezer compartment. It is best to change both the element as well as the defrost limiting thermodisc which is attached to the fins of the evaporator.
can be a few things, if you open the freezer door do you hear afan running?? perhaps the fan is no good?? is there a large amount of frost on the lower plate of back wall of freezer??? very common issue to have a bad defrost thermostat.
is the freezer cold. the freezer is acualy the only refrigeratted compartment . it has the evap coil in the rear wall and a fan to cerculate the air . a potion of the air is let into the food compartment . most comonly the freezer defrost system can be the fault. so i would requier answers to the first question. is the freezer compartment working. hope this helped