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OK you need to check the coils again for ice. The defrost timer may not have been the problem this time. Also make sure thatyou can hear the fan running inside the freezer section. You may have to hold the light button in.
If the evap coil is iced up you have a defrost heater element that is bad. Call the service person back and have him repair the correct part.
Ok if the freezer is cooling wwell and the fan is running then feel inside the fridge and see if you can feel cool air coming into the refer. If you cant and the fan is running you have a blockage between the freezer and the refer.
It could be a piece of plastic wrap that has managed to get into the ducting between the freezer and the refer of a piece of plactic that has come loose.
Aside from this and what you alrerady know about the defrost system there isnt anything else that can cause this problem.
Go ahead and see if the temp goes down. give iot the night and check it in the AM. It probably just needs a little time to cool down is all. Try and avoid opening it up till the AM. If it is still above 35 you may have a temp sensor that needs to be replaced.
The refrigerator is holding around 40 degrees, being set at the coldest setting. The freezer is holding around zero degrees. We went to a couple of parts websites for Amana and found the below parts, but it looks like the temperature control is for the freezer compartment, maybe. Is this what we would need? Or shouldn't there be one for the refrigerator compartment? Or is it the Thermostat assembly that we are looking for? How do we know what is the correct part to fix the problem without just experimenting, before we spend $46? Do installation directions come with the parts?
PS2113963 CONTROL, TEMP or Thermostat assembly
OK sorry for th edelay.
Your statement about the separate controls made me step back a bit and do some research. My mindset was of a newer unit. The older units like yours used manual dampners to control ythe refer temp. Not thermostats as they do today.
When I went to look for the temp controller I was a bit confused due to the configuration of the air damper that controls the cold air admitted into the refrigerator section. There is not even a bi metal spring. Just the users settings of the dampner.
If you are moveing the air control dampner via the control knob (temp control for the refer) and you can not feel a distinct diffrence in the air flow coming from the freezer, if you move it to both extreams, then the dampner may be stripped out, and not opening as much as it should.
This can very well be the cause of the problem.
Please check this by feeling for the increase and decrease of air flow as the control is moved from hi to low.
LLet me know what you come up with.
Ok how about the vents near the crispers? Are they flowing?
This ia the last thing that may be causing the unit to remain above 35*.
Hmmm There is one more thing. The fan may be just plain ole worn out and tired. These are very tough units though, and I havnt had to change one yet that wasnt damaged by something else. Yet it remains a possibility.
One more thought. Is the unit empty? There are older units that dont cool worth a hill of beans if they are empty. If it is empty set a half dozen gallon milk jugs of water in it. they will absorb the cold and help to bring the temp down.
I am sorry but I am all out of ideas. I will opt out and maybe another expert will have an answer for you.
Thanks Bryan. Is this a part that we can install ourselves? Do they send instructions with the part, or how do we know how to install it? How sure are we that this will fix it? Should we expect a few more years of life on the refrig? Our old refrig (before this one) was old, old, but I don't suppose they make them like they used to. Thanks so much.
I am so sorry, but the refrigerator problem got set on a side burner while other things got attended to. I want to get this solved so that I can accept and pay you. I did get the part. Can you give me a little direction on where the part goes. I have your diagram from above. The refrigerator is the part that seems to be up and down in temperature. But is this part located in the refrigerator or the freezer. In the diagram it looks like it's in the back of the freezer, maybe? Or is there a seperate one for the freezer and the refrigerator. Kind of confusing. How do I find where the part goes and how do I get to it? No directions came with the part. Thanks so much. Mary
You said that you would stick with me until we figured this out, so we are stitll on it. I was sure that somewhere along this endeavor you told us how to check to see if the defroster was working, but I cannot find the info in this correspondence. We had to do something and then listen for a hiss sound of it starting to defrost or something. So what was that about? We are having horribly humid weather, but the coils in the back part of the freezer compartment are frosting up about every few days. If I don't keep defrosting them, the refrig part warms up. The original repairs done by the repairman, twice, was to replace the defrost timer (twice). You would think that part should last longer than a few months. You had us replace the cold control.
You said that you would stick with me until we figured this out, so here we go. Somewhere I was told how to check to see if the defrost of the coils was working. We were supposed to do something and listen for a hiss or something. When we checked the defroster back then, it was working, but not sure now. We are having horribly humid weather, and the coils are freezing up every few days. I have to empty the freezer and defrost the coils. Of course, the refrig warms up when the coils are frosted up. How do we check for that? The repairman repaired the defrost timer twice before I started working with you guys. Not sure that was even a problem. And we did replace the part that you recommended. Help!
It doesn't. What do we do next.
Thanks so much.
How are we sure that this is the problem? Where is the best place to get the part, if this is the problem? How do we replace it?
just put your mouse over this blue link and click. this will take you right to the part so you can order it, if theres no continuity its bad for sure, heres the link,
http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=t-BX22A2L-%3d%3dei379148&PartID=379148 just click on it, thanks Bryan