Model #BX21VW-P1325002WW AMANA Bottom-Mount Refrigerator

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Question and Answers

Q:

How do you troubleshoot the defrost components?

A:

The most common defrost problem is, usually with the timer. A quick and simple check is, to manually advance the timer, to put it into a defrost cycle. The timer is located at the bottom front, behind the grill on the right side (# 342 in picture). It will have a knob or cam that can be turned, to advance it. Turn it slow, until it makes a click and the unit quits running. In a few minutes you should hear some sizzling and popping, which will indicate the heat element is on. If the element does come on, the timer will need to be replaced. If the element does not come on, then either the bi-metal or element will be open. To check these parts, the freezer has to be cleared, so the back panel can be removed. First disconnect power to the unit. With the panel off, you will see the evaporator coil with the element under it and the bi-metal attached to it, at the top. To check these parts, disconnect the wires so a continuity check can be done. This check has to be done, while there is still ice covering the bi-metal, to get an accurate check. Both of these parts should show a reading. If one doesn't it's defective. If you don't have a volt/ohm meter to make these checks or if you don't feel comfortable making these checks, then a technician will be needed. If you need more assistance, you can resubmit your question with more details.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
September 22, 2009