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#920837 - 08/11/17 01:45 PM Amana refrigertaor problem
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
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Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
I have an Amana refrigertaor, Model ABB1922FEW3, which is a freezer-on-bottom model. I purchased this unit about 10 years ago. Lately its sounds like it's running all the time. The refrigerator is too warm (a thermometer in it says 52°F), but the freezer is too cold (a thermometer place there went down to the minimum it could read which is -40°F). The other day I noticed some icicles on the fan cover which I removed, but I don't know how to get the cover off to look inside. I can't move the unit by myself to look in back. What could be the problem and how much to repair? Worth repairing, or should I buy a new one?


Edited by debodun (08/11/17 02:12 PM)
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#920859 - 08/11/17 09:49 PM Re: Amana refrigertaor problem [Re: debodun]
jeff1 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 12649
Loc: Ont Canada
Hi,

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but the freezer is too cold (a thermometer place there went down to the minimum it could read which is -40°F).


Refrigeration parts ( compressor, gas charge ) would seem to be ok then.

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The refrigerator is too warm (a thermometer in it says 52°F)


Poor air flow ( bad evaporator fan motor, air damper closed/broken, air return ducts frozen over ), door got left open a little and we got ice where we shouldn't have, light not shutting off in the fresh food section.

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What could be the problem and how much to repair? Worth repairing, or should I buy a new one?


I'd unplug it, remove the house fuse, turn off the breaker and leave the doors open for an 24 hour defrosting and then fire the refrigerator back up to see what happens.

jeff.

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#920874 - 08/12/17 08:59 AM Re: Amana refrigertaor problem [Re: debodun]
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 842
Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
Can't move it to reach the electric plug.
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#920875 - 08/12/17 09:31 AM Re: Amana refrigertaor problem [Re: debodun]
FredDwyer Offline
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Registered: 01/19/08
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Loc: Connecticut, USA
Originally Posted By debodun
Can't move it to reach the electric plug.
Just turn off the breaker. That's the same as unplugging it.
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#920901 - 08/12/17 10:30 PM Re: Amana refrigertaor problem [Re: debodun]
jeff1 Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 12649
Loc: Ont Canada
Originally Posted By debodun
Can't move it to reach the electric plug.


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I'd unplug it, remove the house fuse, turn off the breaker


2 other options will still shut off the power to the refrigerator.

jeff.

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#921007 - 08/15/17 09:07 AM Re: Amana refrigertaor problem [Re: debodun]
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 842
Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
I called the store where I bought the fridge and their representative said they are understaffed and repair appointments are booked through October which sounds like a "crock" to me. They can sell items, but refuse to service them.
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#921048 - 08/15/17 08:56 PM Re: Amana refrigertaor problem [Re: debodun]
jeff1 Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 12649
Loc: Ont Canada
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repair appointments are booked through October


WOW, that is an l o n g wait.

jeff.

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#921090 - 08/16/17 02:09 PM Re: Amana refrigertaor problem [Re: debodun]
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 842
Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
I had a local handyman come and look. He said that although it was a solid state circuitry which he didn't know how to repair, he did get down and looked under. He said all he saw was ice buildup and recommended I shut off the power and let it defrost for at least 24 hours. Then re-start and see what it does. Meanwhile, I have no electricity in the bedroom. His best guess was that I had a malfunctioning freezer fan.
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#921107 - 08/16/17 08:40 PM Re: Amana refrigertaor problem [Re: debodun]
jeff1 Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 12649
Loc: Ont Canada
No harm is trying a 24 hour defrost with the doors open.

jeff.

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#921133 - 08/17/17 12:09 PM Re: Amana refrigertaor problem [Re: debodun]
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
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Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
Cautiously optimistic. Re-started this morning after leaving the power to it off yesterday and all night. I just checked and the refrigerator seems cold enough (I put a thermometer in it to get an accurate temp.) and IT ISN'T RUNNING!
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