defroster mode was not working causing freezer to ice up and refrigerator to be warm. Also fan was running continuely

ApplianceAmana Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

James From Welches, OR

Oct 21, 2011

106 out of 118 people found this instruction helpful

The hard part for me was figuring out which part was causing the problem. I read what others had done and followed their test methods. I checked the defroster heater for continuity and the defroster thermostat to make sure it was closing. the defroster termostat has to be cold to check it. You will need to check it while it is in ice or take it out and put it in another freezer for 30 mins and then check it for continuity. Those items checked out ok so it had to be the control board. The control board is a 5 min job to replace but making sure that is your problem is the hard part. I think the control board was bad due to a power surge we had when the power went out and came back on. It might be a good idea to put a surge protector on your home to protect your fridge and all your other electronic stuff. Our refrigerator is now working like new again. Thank you for all your help, Jim

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Electronic Control Board (Now subbed to Electronic Control Board)

Part Number: PS5573854

Recycling Rebate Available
In Stock