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 Posted: Wed Nov 9th, 2005 04:11 pm
   
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Sounds like the compressor is running to much. Check those door gaskets and the temperature control (if it's set at 5 turn it down until it clicks, if no click until you turn it off you might want to check that) but Amana refrigerators are known for bad gaskets usually bottom corner hinge side and completely across the bottom. Good Luck I hope it;s as simple as that:)

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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2005 02:54 pm
   
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Well it worked for a while but this am it is tripping out again.   The door seals are fine it does not seem to run excessively.  Maybe I'll have to call for service but its hard to fix an intermittent problem.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2005 03:09 pm
   
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Just for grins;) What else is on the same line as the refrigerator? Like maybe the micro-wave, oven ,dishwasher, freezer etc.etc. Go turn off the breaker for the refrigerator and then see how many things in your home won't turn on. Just a thought, Hhmmmm

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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2005 09:06 pm
   
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Do you have acsess to an amprobe?

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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2005 09:26 pm
   
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You need to think about the possibility you have a compressor going down....or high head pressure building inside of the sealed system, causing the compressor to overheat and trip on the overload..I believe you will be either doing a sealed system repair or replacing this frig., Amana brand is famous for this. Need to see what part of this is still under warranty, if any.



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 Posted: Fri Nov 11th, 2005 12:42 am
   
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Mr Samurai Sir now the patient is in critical condition, almost flat lined, faint pulse when plugged in, water on floor, temperature same as room, possible major organ transplant needed, I think it's close to terminal.   It won't start just buzzes no matter how long I leave it off.  Fridge is totally out of commission.

I checked out the wall plug circuit and the only thing that gets used on the same circuit is a toaster.  Using a volt meter the voltage is 118v when the fridge is buzzing and 119v when its not.

Using an amprobe I get 9amps when the fridge is buzzing and .1 after it trips out.  Also I get 8.9 ohms between the two pins that are side by side and between the top pin and a bottom pin I get 3.9 ohms.  and no continuity between the pins and the copper lines.  I kind of think that maybe its a compressor bearing gone bad but it did not make any unusual noises.

It appears that the compressor  and sealed parts are under warranty (2 1/2 years old) and I have scheduled service and the earliest that they can come is next wednesday.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 27th, 2005 03:29 pm
   
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Well it was a bad compressor and still under warranty but now several weeks later I noticed that the fridge runs almost continously, I have adjusted the temps and it seems to keep the freezer between 0 and 15 degrees depending on where the stat is set and keeps the cooler between 35 and 40.  I called the repairman back and he is going to come and put in a temp recorder in a few days but I would like to repair this myself as the compressor was the only part under warranty. 

Could this be the thermostat, as currently I have it set very low (meaning the temp should be high inside the refrig) but it still runs all the time and keeps the freezer about 10 to 15 degrees.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 27th, 2005 05:21 pm
   
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Sounds like could be an undercharge, let the tech check the sealed system...



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 Posted: Fri Dec 30th, 2005 07:12 am
   
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You are right again, the tech came out and added about a half ounce of refrigerant and left a temp recorder probe inside the freezer and the fridge.  It now turns off when it reaches set point.   He left the temp dials in the fridge in the normal setting but this appears to be too cold.  I will leave everthing just like he left it so the temp recorders will tell him the story.

Thank you

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 Posted: Fri Dec 30th, 2005 04:01 pm
   
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Cool, two in a row....perhaps I should start my own business...wait...I already own my own business....glad we are on the right track with your frig.....:cool:



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Without better model info, can't say much but the normal stuff: Def timer/terminator/heater should be checked, lots of info around here. If you need better guidance, please register and start a new topic on this. Include brand name and model number in the subject field and not in the header.



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