20 Most Recent Amana ARB220RCW Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Questions & Answers

Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system: The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited. The defrost timer The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)

Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Aug 22, 2011

The drain in the freezer behind back lower panel
needs opening. You can see it at the bottom of the back panel
underneath the evaporator coils. (The cold coils)
Run Hot water in the drain until it clears or use a hairdryer.
When the defrost melts the water it goes down the drain
If the drain is clogged with Ice or ? The defrost water
overflows into the ref. or freezer
Run Hot water in the drain until it clears or use a hairdryer.
Also check fan undernearh Ref in the rear
Clean condenser coils underneath
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Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Aug 15, 2011

The condenser coils dissipate heat. If dust and debris accumulate around the coils, your refrigerator may not be able to cool properly, it may run continuously or it may stop completely as a result of an overheated compressor.

1. Make sure condenser is clean.

2. If you have a "rear mounted" condenser (black coil on back) make sure it has enough room around it for air to circulate. Not against the wall and if under cabinet should have about six inches clearance.

Rear-Mounted CoilsYou should clean rear-mounted coils once a year. Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning. Refrigerators are heavy, never tip one forward or backward. Never attempt to move a refrigerator without an assistant.

Vacuum or brush the coils. If coils have a filmy build-up, use warm soapy water to clean them. Take care not to spill or drip water onto the components of the refrigerator.
Floor Level CoilsYou should clean floor level coils at least twice a year. Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning. Vacuum or brush the coils.
Remove the grill from the front of the refrigerator and use a vacuum with a wand attachment to remove any dust and debris. The grill should snap off and on. Pull firmly toward you and possibly upward to remove the grill. If it does not come off with a modest effort, check for screws or retaining clips that may hold it in place.

Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Jul 10, 2011


Your problem could be one of two issues.

- The relay part number 12555902. This is a package that plugs directly onto the compressor, it is an easy repair.

- If the relay does solve the problem the issue is the compressor itself. This repair is major and usually will cost around $500.00 and will need to be done by a professional

Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Apr 30, 2011


Check out these tips...they can help you figure out what is going wrong with your refrigerator and why it is not cooling

Refrigerator not Cooling or Fridge not Cooling

How to Defrost Refrigerator
Defrost Timer Problem

Water Running in refrigerator from Freezer

Refrigerator or Freezer not Cooling or Getting Cold


Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Feb 21, 2011

usually most of the time its same place u set the temp (behind the same panel)

Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Jan 14, 2011

I have used this site for a couple of replacement parts for both refrigerator and dish washer and have been extremely satisfied with their service. Hope it helps


Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Nov 29, 2010


Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out thelast two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...

Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor

Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay
Refrigerator or Freezer not Cooling or Getting Cold


Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Oct 02, 2010

The thing with the spring looking thing is the thermostat. The metal tube is filled with gas so don't kink it or it is no good. From the sound of things it may already be bad. To check it unplug the frig and connect the two wires on the back of the t-stat together. Now plug it back in. If it starts to work you have a bad t-stat.

Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Aug 23, 2010

my Amana did the exact same thing. I had a reparman come out and he fixed it. There are 2 reason for it. It is either the compressor that needs to be replaced (about 300-500 to fix) or the relay for the compressor (around 100 to fix). once it is fixed remember to vacuum the coils from the back of the fridge once a year to extend the life of the compressor.

Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Jan 03, 2010

souns as if youre having an issue with your compressor("cylinder?") black football sized motor behind unit???5 yr manufactures warr if so, cross your fingers, out of warr that repair could cost 4-6 hundred dollars

Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Nov 20, 2008

what is the model number for help

Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Aug 23, 2008

Right, the drip tray on the upper coil section has a blockage (possibly mold) that prevents the defrost condensate from reaching the evaporator pan that should be at the bottom of the fridge. Those lines are usually accessed from the back of the fridge.

Amana ARB220RCW... | Answered on Jun 30, 2008

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