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Old 09-24-2017, 08:12 AM   #1
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Amana Self Defrost

On another current post by Swprdog, he's having electrical issues, he mentioned checking for a manual switch for the auto defrost. There is no switch on mine, at least not one that is accessible from the front.

I have the water to the ice maker turned off so it's a moot point and we don't miss it. I have been wondering about the load of the auto defrost and the associated battery drain. Has anybody disabled the auto defrost just to eliminate some of the load? I'm not sure if ours is working, but, we've never had any frost so maybe it is. Maybe a manual switch, off for dry camping and on when you have hook ups.



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Old 09-24-2017, 12:37 PM   #2
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My 2003 "vintage" Amana had a manual timer button on the frame right next to the melt water evap tray at the lower, left front, bottom of the frig, behind the foot grill. Frankly, I never did determine if it was a 12-hr or 24-hr clock but would try to trip the defrost cycle during genset time. Mostly used it during stays at Q-site so once set, every morning at 7:00 AM[and perhaps evenings at 7:00PM too] kept it from cycling over night while on bats....
PS--never measured it for sure but early on in the investigative process, had seen some pretty high amp rates on my inverter--so figured the defrost cycle used considerably more amps that the normal compressor run cycle of 2-3 amps.....

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Old 09-24-2017, 02:40 PM   #3
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One of the things we did while at Q last year and on a 7 hour ferry Trip last week, once we are done with the refer, just before bed, is shut off the refer circuit breaker. We don't open the the door, but could so quickly. No significant change in temperature in either the refer or freezer during the shut down time.
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Old 09-24-2017, 03:37 PM   #4
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While driving we do the same-- leave the refrigerator off (just turn off the inverter).

We have the remote temperature monitor that Dianne keeps on the dash. If temperature in the refrigerator gets to over 40 degrees F, she turn on the inverter until temperature is back where she want is.

No reason to not do exactly the same when dry camping.
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