Refrigerator and freezer quit cooling - After removing cover Evaporator coil we covered with ice and frost.

ApplianceAmana Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver

Henry From Cheyenne Wells, CO

Mar 28, 2013

First I used your troubleshooting tools online to determine that the problem was either the evaporator fan motor or the thermostat. I order both parts so to limit the downtime in repairing the refrigerator. After watching the video on your page show me how to remove and replace the thermostat, I replaced that first. But prior to replacing the thermostat, I used a hair dryer to thaw the ice and frost from the evaporator coils. After all the ice and frost was removed, I use a few paper towels to wipe up the water that accumulated in the bottom of the freezer. I removed the power cord and then replaced the thermostat using the video for reference. Replacement went easy. The hardest part was threading the thermostat wire through the back of the refrigerator. But using electrical tape to keep the cable fastened to the fish wire, it was accomplished. At first the refrigerator evaporator fan did not come on, so I used the hair dryer to dry all around the evaporator wiring and motor. After doing this for about 15 minutes (with the power cord disconnected) I reconnected the power cord and the evaporator motor kicked right in and the freezer began making ice. I checked the refrigerator every half hour for the next few hours to ensure that the repair worked. Everything worked perfectly and the refrigerator and the freezer cooled like new. Thanks for the assistance and troubleshooting guides, they made the job easy.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Bimetal Defrost Thermostat

Part Number: PS2167866

In Stock