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Its junk. 3 days. Its amana distinction. Side by side

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3 days Contractor's Assistant:...

3 days

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

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Its amana distinction

Contractor's Assistant: Can you guesstimate how old your Amana is? And just to clarify, what's the exact model?

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Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Appliance
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
The refrigerator is approximately 8 years old amana distinctions side by side. It is not cooling. The compressor and compressor fan appear to be working. I checked the evaporator coil inside freezer compartment and it does not get cold. I had appliance plugged in for several hours with no change.
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Appliance Technician: Appliance Guru, Owner and Technician replied 3 months ago
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Appliance Technician: Appliance Guru, Owner and Technician replied 3 months ago

OK the unit is likely running low on freon, check and make sure the condenser is clean. If it is then remove the back panel inside the freezer section and check the evaporator coil. If only part of it is frosted and not the whole thing, the rest being bare aluminum then you have a freon leak. If that is the case the fix is too expensive for the unit and I would start looking for a new one. Note the refrigerator section often will maintain temps still because there is enough freon to get to 37 degreees, but not enough to get to 0 degrees. If it will not even maintain that it is completely out of freonl. Check that out and see what you find and get back to me!

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
The condenser motor gets warm but not hot. It checked resistance on all 3 pins with the starter relay removed and it tested good. Also the coils do not get cold at bottom or top. I can hear the compressor going "light humming sound" although I am unsure of how it should sound.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
The evaporator fan does not work and will need replaced but if I am unable to fix it without needing freon. ..it seems pointpess to purchase a new fan.
Appliance Technician: Appliance Guru, Owner and Technician replied 3 months ago

Is the evaporator frosted over and cold?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Also, the temperature control switch is bad. I have taken it apart and made sure the 2 contacts were touching and am currently running it like that for testing
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No the evaporator is at room temperature the entire fridge acts as if there is no cooling device at all
Appliance Technician: Appliance Guru, Owner and Technician replied 3 months ago

If the compressor is running and nothing is happening the unit is out of freon or possibly the compressor is broken and not pumping any gas either way the repair would be very pricey so I woould say it may be time for a new unit, sorry for the bade news.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Can I use a line tap and have fill back up? I read online the freon is meant to last and required no maintenance. If I am out of freon. . That means I have a leak?. Is there a way to do a pressure check on the lines
Appliance Technician: Appliance Guru, Owner and Technician replied 3 months ago

You need to add a tap valve evac the unit with a vacuum pump then recharge it. If the leak is slow you can add some sealant to the system to seal small micro leaks, but if it is big no. If it went down super fats often the copper line that sits in the water drain pan by the compressor corrodes and causes a fast leak. That is fixable if that is the cause of the leak.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
The line going from compressor and on drain pan is green I assume that corrosion is where my leak is..
Appliance Technician: Appliance Guru, Owner and Technician replied 3 months ago

Yes most likely I repair that unit a lot for that, if it went down fast as in a day or less that is the issue most likely you need to cut out the bad section braze in a new one evac and recaharge.

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