Amana is a great fridge brand, however, they may develop issues from time to time. One issue your Amana fridge can have is the problem of freezing foods. In this article, we will discuss how to solve the problem of your Amana fridge freezing food.
Amana Fridge Freezing Food – What to Do
If you are here, you certainly have asked yourself the question “why is my Amana fridge freezing food”. Hence, we will discuss possible reasons for this problem. And we will also give solutions to them.
1. Temperature Set Too Low
If the temperature of your fridge is set below 38°F which is the ideal minimum temperature for your fridge, it may begin to freeze food.
In this case, you need to turn up the temperature one level at a time. It is recommended that you adjust the temperature from one level to another after an 8-hour interval.
Furthermore, the maximum temperature for your fridge is 40°F, so ensure you do not exceed this. You may also refer to your fridge’s manual for more information on temperature adjustments.
2. Blocked Air Vents
Your fridge needs cool air to maintain its temperature. Cool air is supplied from the freezer to the fridge through vents. These vents are located in various spots depending on your fridge’s model.
When the vents are blocked, there will be a decrease in air flow. Your fridge will then begin to work overtime to make up for the decreased air flow.
Two of the common ways the vents can become blocked is if:
i. Foods are placed directly in the path of the vents
ii. Frost covers the vents
Hence to solve the issue of blocked vents, you need to keep foods away from vents. Simply locate the vents in your fridge and ensure you do not put food directly in front them.
Clean up the frost on the vents. Depending on the quantity of the frost buildup, you may either use a damp cloth or a plastic scraper. If the frost is heavy, then you may have to defrost the fridge. Check out this article for how to defrost your Amana fridge.
Also, you have to ensure there is no future reoccurrence of frost building up on the vents. There are a few things you can do to prevent this.
How to Prevent Frost Buildups on Your Fridge’s Vents
To prevent frost from building up on your fridge’s vents do the following:
i. Always keep the doors properly closed
Frost is formed when warm air enters the fridge. When this happens, it eventually solidifies and becomes frost. This is why the fridge should always be closed properly to prevent warm air from entering the fridge.
ii. Replace leaking door seal
If the door seal is leaking, warm air can enter the fridge through it. Therefore leaking door seals should be replaced.
This video will show you how to replace your fridge’s door seal.
iii. Avoid putting hot items in the fridge
Putting hot items in the fridge is another way warm air enters into the fridge. Before putting your food in the fridge, let it cool down.
3. Ice Maker is Turned on
Your ice maker should be turned off whenever it is not connected to the water supply. When the ice maker is not connected to the water supply and is left on, it will continue to try to make ice.
This will result in the fridge getting too cold and begin to freeze food. To prevent this, ensure to put off the ice maker when it is not connected to water supply.
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How to Turn Off Your Amana Ice Maker
To turn off the ice maker, all you have to do is push the wire shutoff arm to the “off” position. You will hear a click sound that indicates the ice maker has been turned off.
4. The Coils are Dirty
The fridge’s coils can accumulate dust and dirt since it is located behind the appliance. When the coils become dirty, the compressor will begin to work overtime and your fridge may get too cold.
You need to clean the coils if this is the case. Follow the set of instructions below to do this:
i. Turn the fridge off and disconnect it from the power source to ensure safety.
ii. Adjust the fridge to a position that makes the coils easy to access.
iii. If there is grime on the coils, use a damp cloth and mild detergent to wipe it off.
iv. Use a vacuum if the coils are only dusty. Ensure you clean the coils are good as possible.
v. Turn the fridge back on.
5. Technical Issues
If you do all of the above and the problem persists, it may be a technical issue. It could be a couple of reasons; like a bad thermistor, faulty control thermostat, or a malfunctioning main control board.
For this, we recommend that you call a technician as the problem may be too complex to DIY.