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Amana BR22VL refrigerator section stopped cooling.

Refrigerator section stopped working. Freezer section OK.

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  • Patricia
    Patricia Aug 10, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Manufacturing Number is P1321505WL. No ice maker or water dispenser on this model. Condenser fan is working. Condenser coils are clean. No excessively hot or cold areas on outside back of refrigerator.

  • Patricia
    Patricia Aug 10, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Manufacturing Number is P1321505WL. No ice maker or water dispenser on this model. Condenser fan is working. Condenser coils are clean. No excessively hot or cold areas on outside back of refrigerator.



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Is there any frost on your food packages or on the ceiling where the light is?if so the door was left open and the air vents are froze up or you have a bad damper or evaporator fan motor,open the freezer door,do you hear the fan blowing?if so the fan motor is good,check for ice on the ceiling and packages,if that checks good look at the back inside wall of the freezer,if that's covered with like snow or frost you have a defrost problem or also you have a damper in your model,it's closed and won't open to let the cold air in from the freezer.
go here,this is the part,all that happens is the evaporator coil in the freezer gets cold,the evap fan blows the cold air from the freezer up into the fridge section,in your model the damper door opens to let the cold air in,when it gets cold enough the damper closes and that's it,so if the door wasn't left open and the fan is blowing in the freezer you have a bad damper.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012

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  • Patricia
    Patricia Aug 11, 2012

    Thank you for your reply. I pushed on the back wall of the freezer section and could hear ice crunch. I also noticed that one corner of the freezer door gasket doesn't seal well so maybe outside air is getting in. If the appliance needs to be defrosted, how do I access to iced area?

  • Sal De Aug 11, 2012

    did you remove any of the shelves in the freezer?or something could be hitting the door,look at the gasket,if it isn't ripped then the gasket is fine and most likely the door alinement is the problem or a package of food might be in the way something like that,without being there i can't tell you how to remove the door and bins but if the door was open and warm air is getting in there you can remove the food out of the freezer and get a hair dryer and heat up the back wall for like 15 to 20 minutes,also before you do anything remove the bottom kick panel and i think on the right hand side you'll see the defrost timer,you'll see a knob on the front of it,turn the knob slowly until you hear a click,you just manually put the machine into defrost go here to see timer you'll know it's in defrost when you open the freezer door the fan will not be on,in like 20 to 30 minutes the fan will come back on and you can turn the timer to defrost again if you have to,this turns the heater on and will help you melt out the ice.if the gasket isn't sealing correctly you can warm it up with the hair dryer and with a screw driver open the gasket so it seals up against the frame of the machine,the heat will make it soft so you can shape it but it sounds like the door isn't closing correctly.let me know what you find

  • Sal De Aug 11, 2012

    also when you turn the timer to defrost listen in the freezer or hold the light switch in,you should see an orange glow from the heater or if you can't see it you should hear a crackling sound or a hissing sound from the melting water hitting the heater,if for some reason you don't you could have a defrost problem but if the door is not closing correctly this is most likely the problem,good luck and let me know what you find,also don't keep the machine running while you'r working in the freezer,if for some reason you can't find the timer unplug it or shut down the machine you don't want warm air blowing in there with the machine running,you'll just make the matter worse,unplug if need be and heat that back inside wall of the freezer up,you should be able to see the water dripping through the holes in the back wall,also if there's alot of ice have a towel handy,the drip pan might overflow from all the water,don't panic just dry up the floor and when the machine runs the heat will evaporate the water in the pan.i think that's itlet me know what you find

  • Patricia
    Patricia Aug 11, 2012

    OK, took off the back panel in the freezer section. No major ice. Removed one accumulation of ice in the right corner of the tray underneath the evaporator. Plugged unit back in. Evaporator fan works but very noisy. Some air coming out of top back of fresh food section where the thermostat dial is located. Seems like low air flow to me, but have nothing to which to compare it. Will look at the damper that you referenced.

  • Patricia
    Patricia Aug 11, 2012

    Popped off thermostat cover and looked at damper. Functionality seems good. Ran wire up air duct from evaporator fan to open damper. No blockage. Rechecked evaporator coils and tray. No visible ice, but condensation forming on metal areas. There may be more ice that is hidden. Am using hair dryer to melt any ice that may be behind evaporator. Dripping into tray so there must ice back there. Will continue until no drips.

  • Sal De Aug 11, 2012

    if the fan is noisy change it out,if you can feel air blowing into fridge section and it doesn't feel like much this is normal,the air enters slowly so it doesn't freeze everything on the top shelf,when you wrote in the first time was the fan working?if that fan is noisy it might not be running all the time or not as fast as it should be this is your fan motor part number 12013209Q but call your local parts store,give them the numbers you sent and they will sell you the right part.if there's no ice that the fan blade is hitting and it sounds like the bearing is bad in the motor don't take any chances and change it out,i've read guys putting oil in the motor and stuff like that but who wants to take that chance when you might have 5 or 6 hundred dollars worth of food in there and the motor dies and you loose all your food,it ain't worth it,you might see some yellow stuff around the fan area that's the oil from in the motor,sometimes you see it.what's up with the door?if warm air was getting in there you would see frozen water droplets,ice on the ceiling where the light is and your food packages would have like snow on them and you most likely would have ice in the ducts near the fan motor,if you don't see that it sounds like you have a bad evap fan motor,

  • Sal De Aug 11, 2012

    did you turn the timer and put it into defrost?if that fan is running you have to unplug the machine or maually put it into defrost,you don't want warm air getting into the machine if it's running you'll make it worse than what it is

  • Sal De Aug 12, 2012

    how did you make out with the fridge?hope everything went well

  • Patricia
    Patricia Aug 13, 2012

    The refrigerator was unplugged at the time repair work was started. Based on what you've said and my observations, it seems the evaporator fan motor is the problem. (When I first wrote, the fan I was looking at was the compressor fan. Now I know about the fan in the freezer, thanks to you. : - )) I'll replace the evaporator fan motor as soon as I can get the part. Thanks for the link to the parts web site. In the meantime, I reassembled the freezer back and plugged in the refrigerator. Now, 12 hours later, freezer and fresh food section are working. Thank you SO much for all all the time and expertise you shared. Couldn't have done it without you. Five stars to Sal DeAngelo!!!

  • Patricia
    Patricia Aug 13, 2012

    Sorry for the delay it getting you this update -- my browser would post it.

  • Sal De Aug 13, 2012

    no problem,glad i could help and great job,if you need any help in the future on any appliance let me know and good luck



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