If your Amana fridge is freezing everything, it is a problem you can quickly fix by simply following the steps provided in this article.
Why Is My Amana Refrigerator Freezing Everything?
Your Amana refrigerator is freezing everything due to one or more of the following:
1. Weak Gasket
The gasket is that seal that fills the space between the edges of the fridge’s door and the jamb. Its function is to prevent leakage of humid air from the atmosphere into the fridge while under compression. The gasket is known to be weak if it fails to efficiently perform this function.
To test the strength of the gasket, close the fridge’s door on a single sheet of paper. Gently pull the sheet of paper until it eventually comes out or gets torn. If it comes out (especially with ease), then, the gasket is weak.
A weak gasket allows the humid air from the atmosphere to penetrate the enclosed space. As this incoming humid air gets involved in the fridge’s compression process, its water content becomes frozen. Everything in that space freezes along with the frozen airborne water.
To avoid this, you have to replace the gasket when it gets weak.
2. Broken Damper Control Assembly
The damper is a small flap that controls the flow of cold air from the freezer to the refrigerator. It is the thermostat that controls it, triggering it open or close depending on the temperature of the air in the refrigerator.
So, the thermostat is supposed to affect the closure of the damper when the temperature gets to its set minimum. But if the damper control assembly is broken, it will not be able to respond to the thermostat’s closure prompts. Hence, it continues to supply cool air until the contents of the refrigerator get frozen.
To confirm whether the damper control is still in order or not, just inspect it visually. It is usually found in the top of the fridge or on the back panel near the top. If it is broken, replace it immediately.
3. Lower-Than-Recommended Temperature Settings
The recommended temperature setting for the refrigerator is within the range of 37 degrees Fahrenheit and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, 0F is recommended for the freezer. Your Amana fridge over-freezes if the temperature settings are lower than these.
So, if your Amana fridge over-freezes, check the temperature settings. If they vary from those which are recommended, reset them appropriately.
4. Thermostat with Electrical Fault
The thermostat regulates temperature. It also activates some other parts relevant to the freezing process, when the temperature reaches a certain point. Thus, if the thermostat develops an electrical fault, it will fail in these functions. This will lead to over-freezing.
To find out if the thermostat of your Amana fridge has an electrical fault, read its continuity through the main contacts. Turn the thermostat’s knob from its OFF position to its highest value.
In the OFF position of the thermostat, the meter should read “O.L.” As you turn it in a clockwise fashion, the “O.L.” changes to “0.000”. This indicates that the thermostat is in a good functioning state, electrically. But if it reads “0.000” even while it is at the “OFF” position, it indicates that the thermostat is bad. You have to change it as soon as possible.
5. Faulty Thermistor
The thermistor is an electrical resistor. It allows your refrigerator to stay within a short range of temperatures. So, it reverses the direction as the temperature gets to a certain level. If the thermistor is faulty, the temperature will either continue to fall or continue to rise. If the temperature continues to fall, it leads to over-freezing.
To confirm the soundness of the thermistor, use a multimeter to test its resistance. If the thermistor is good, its resistance and the temperature of the refrigerator will change proportionately. If this fails, it is an indication that the thermistor is faulty. You have to change it as soon as possible.
6. Wrong Placement of Food
Amana Fridge has two sections, namely: the freezer and the fresh food section. It is wrong to place fruits and vegetables in the freezer. Therefore, place all the contents that are not intended to be frozen in the fresh food section.
The fresh food section is made cool by the freezer vent. Cold air enters this section through the freezer vent. Food placed directly facing the freezer vent will get frozen. So, keep the fresh fruits and vegetables some notches away from the freezer vent.
7. Insufficient Content
If your Amana fridge is largely empty, the cool air falls to the bottom of the fridge. This makes everything that you placed at the bottom get frozen. So, you should always load your fridge to its optimum capacity.
Besides, the less content there is in the unit, the less content there is to absorb the available cold air. As a result, there will be over freezing.
8. Faulty Main Control Board
If an Amana fridge is freezing, the main control board is rarely the fault. But when it does develop a fault, this will bring about both freezing and other errors.
However, troubleshoot other components of the refrigerator before going to the board. Immediately you ascertain that the main control board is faulty, replace it with a new one.
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If your Amana fridge is freezing everything, one of these is the cause: a weak gasket, a broken damper control assembly, lower-than-recommended temperature settings, a thermostat with an electrical fault, a malfunctioning temperature sensing tube, a faulty thermistor, wrong placement of food, insufficient content or a faulty main control board.
To correct them is to solve the problem. So, make sure you follow the steps which we have provided in this article.
Contact Amana if you need to service the refrigerator, especially if it has a warranty. And if you need someone to interact with as you follow the steps, you can simply chat with our online experts who will be willing to take you through the process.