refrigerator/freezer would not cool

ApplianceAmana Refrigerator

ModelARB2517CW

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

James From Bedford, NH

Jun 16, 2012

Set the freezer control knob to OFF. Use a long bottle brush to clean the cooling fins below the freezer by removing the lower front grill. Pull fridge away from wall, unplug, remove rear panel near bottom, remove power connector to the unit attached to the large black tank(condenser). Be very careful not to damage the quick connect housing. There is a wire spring holding the capacitor/relay assembly to the condenser. The black run capacitor and the white overload relay come off together. CAUTION, THE CAPACITOR MAY STILL BE HOLDING A CHARGE. Don't separate the two items unless you are familiar with electrical safety precautions. Plug in the new items on the condenser, reconnect the power cord, plug in the fridge and turn it on using the freezer control knob. You should hear the condenser start. It is possible to remove the two parts and test them separately. My capacitor was fine but the relay had blown. I replaced both since it seems most problems are one or the other and it was easier to do them together. Cleaning the cooling coil and removing/replacing the back cover are the most time consuming parts of the procedure. The actual repair took 5 minutes once I had access.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Relay Overload

Part Number: PS1631335

$48.37
In Stock

Run Capacitor

Part Number: PS2064175

$35.93
In Stock