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Amana Refrigerator with a bottom freezer not working properly (model # ARB2117AW).


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#1 Timboroni

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 08:01 PM

Hi - I have a 7 year old Amana Refrigerator with a bottom freezer (model # ARB2117AW). We lost power during the recent storm and now that the power is back the fridge won't cool anymore. When I plugged it in I could hear what sounded like a fan running. Then I heard the compressor kick on, which lasted about 3 seconds. It then shut off for about 30 seconds (fan was still running) and then turned on again for another 3 seconds. This cycle of events continued for a while until I unplugged it. Any ideas about what could be wrong here?

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 08:08 PM

You've either got a bad compressor, or a bad starting relay - if you have an ohmeter, remove relay and measure compressor pins for resistance to each other, and each to the copper lines

http://www.repaircli...umber=ARB2117AW
 

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 08:12 PM

More info here: http://fixitnow.com/...clicking-noise/
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 11:24 AM

I pulled the relay and it was rattling like a, well, rattle. :) I also checked the resistance between the connections on the compressor and everything seems fine. I have ordered the part through the link in one of the previous posts. I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks!

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 11:14 AM

OK - I got the part, but it is slightly different than the one I took off the fridge. When I looked it the RepairClinic site, there were a couple of different relays there.
This is the one closest to the one I have: 00987186.jpg 00987193.jpg
(the capacitor is not included with this one)

This is the one I got:00741569.jpg

I'm guessing that the new one will work, but I just want to make sure.

Also - When I took off the wires, the blue wire was at the top (farthest from the capacitor) and the white wire was at the bottom. With this new relay, when it gets connected the capacitor is at the top and the connectors are at the bottom. Does the white wire always go closest to the capacitor? (I can see that the white wire was connected to the silver connector and the blue wire was connected to the copper connector. Do I just do the same?)

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 03:52 PM

Can you post a copy of your wiring diagram? Alternatively, you can fax it to me at 866-315-4504 and I'll post it here as a PDF.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 04:47 PM

this one ?
http://www.repaircli...?R=154&N=821744

 

 

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 06:30 PM

00764295.jpgOr this one ?  http://www.repaircli...12555902/821744


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Posted 03 September 2011 - 06:56 PM

Or this one ?

... same one ... :whistling:
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 06:58 PM

Sofa King - Blind ...........
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:07 PM

This is the exact one:

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You'll notice the vertical connector on the right is copper colored - this is where the blue wire wire was connected. The horizontal silver colored connector in the middle was where the white wire was connected. One thing I noticed is that the connectors on this one (and the one I have) are larger than the ones on the black relay I received. I may have an issue having them stay connected.

Thanks again everyone.



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Posted 07 September 2011 - 10:59 PM

I ordered the correct part and will return the incorrect one. No sense in screwing around trying to jury-rig something.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 09:06 AM

Sorry for the late reply, but for the record - I received the correct part. After installation things are cold in the fridge and frozen in the freezer - just the way they're supposed to be. :yes:

Thanks everyone for your assistance! Beer money on the way!

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:19 AM

... Thanks everyone for your assistance! Beer money on the way!

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