I have a side by side refrigerator and the freezer is frosting up, but the refrigerator side is hardly cooling. I have most of it apart & it is running but seems to have a hard time starting up? Any ideas and what I can do to get it back to normal?
Answer Hello Harvey,
This is a defrost issue. Realize that the fresh food side gets its' cool air from the freezer side. When the coils do not defrost, the air flow to the fresh food side is restricted so the fresh food side warms up. Fixing the defrost issue will correct the fresh food cooling issue. The most common failure on the Amana side-by-side units is the defrost thermostat (AP4247331) failing due to moisture getting inside it. This is located behind the rear freezer wall so you will have to unload the unit and shelves to remove the rear wall. The defrost thermostat is mounted to the top of the evaporator coils. You will need to defrost the unit completely with a hair dryer to restore normal operation.
I needed some one to help me replace my defrost heater kit.
To replace the heater assembly WR51X10101, you will need to take the shelving out of the freezer and remove the rear cover of the freezer compartment. Once the cover is removed, exposing the evaporator, there will be 2 screws holding the heater in place. Remove the screw and slide out the heater. Install the new heater, one of the wires will be rerouted to the opposite side and connect to the heater.
I first noticed the freeze pops in the middle to lower section of the freezer were liquid, but I thought they may have recently been put in. The next day they were still liquid and the meat in the bottom was thawed, but the meat at the top was frozen. The next day I realized the fridge side was cool but not cold. Now everything has been moved out and the unit is unplugged. I did notice some frost on the back of the freezer before all of this happened. What is the first thing to check and how do I check it? This is a SxS GE GSS23WGTA WW that is 6 to 7 years old. I am the original owner, but it came with the new construction house.
Answer Hello Ron. Make sure the evaporator coils in the freezer are frosted over from top to bottm, but not frozen and clogged. If only a small part is, then you have a seald system issue and will need a hvac tech. If the unit is frozen over, then It sounds like you may have a defrost problem with the unit. Check and see if there is any frost build up on the back wall of the freezer. If so, you will need to test the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat. They should read closed for continuity when cold. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. I will include a link at the end to assist you how to use the multi-meter if needed. If both parts are good, you will need to replace the defrost timer. Once the problem is repaired, you will need to thaw out the ice on the coils before the unit will operate properly. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html