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Refrigerator question
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ron,ar    Posted 09-09-2004 at 10:07:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's an Amana side by side "automatic refrigerator 22". It has quit cooling on the refrig side and froze up on the freezer side. I think it is the automatic defrost part that has failed, iceing yup the coils so that cool air cannot pass into the refrigerator side. Any ideas out there? It is still running but I hear a noise like something in a fan sometimes. Thanks

TimV    Posted 09-09-2004 at 12:08:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron: There's usually a way to manually advance the defrost timer--you may want to try this and see if it works. Usually this is on the back bottom of the fridge--it's a little hole that you stick a screwdriver in. You should hear a ratcheting noise and then a "click" as the contacts engage and the fridge shuts off. About 20 minutes later, the fridge should restart. Note that if your fridge is completely frosted up, one cycle (or even several) of the defrost heater will NOT be enough to get it up and running. You will need to manually defrost it (a hair dryer works well) and then plug it back in and go from there.

Red Dave    Posted 09-09-2004 at 10:22:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a Fridgedaire that would do that every 3-4 years. It was the heaters that defrost the cooling coils that kept going bad. They were on a timer that would turn them on periodically for the self-defrost. When they went out, the cooling coils would ice up, and no air would get through them.

I've had luck getting info on appliance repair from these two sites:

It would be best to have the make, model, serial number and any other info ready for those forums because it will probably make a difference to the folk there.
Good Luck!

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