Defeating Defrost Cycle - Amana Fridge - Appliances - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Appliances


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-20-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 10
Rewards Points: 16

Defeating defrost cycle - Amana fridge

I have a limited understanding of how refrigerators are kept frost free.

I have an Amana fridge model #DRB2101. Sometimes I am away from the cabin for a month or two at a time. It seems a needless waste of energy to have a heater come on, melt any frost, then cool down whatever was heated up. If the fridge door is not opened for many days, there should be little moisture that condenses and turns into frost, right?

Would it make sense to defeat the defrost cycle for periods when no one is using the fridge? Is it worth it? If so, I would like to find out how to do this.

Thanks in advance!


saltpeter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2013, 05:55 PM   #2
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 34,448
Rewards Points: 14,026

Far more is wasted having a fridge no one is using even running while no one is there, empty it, shut it off prop the door open.


When posting in forums, letting us know your location will help others give better feedback/advice/solutions to your questions
joecaption is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2013, 06:03 PM   #3
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 10
Rewards Points: 16

Thanks for the suggestion. I do that when I know I will be gone a long time. But I don't always know whether it will be a few days or a few weeks.

Cabin is out in the middle of nowhere in central Minnesota.
saltpeter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2013, 12:11 PM   #4
hardwareman's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,845
Rewards Points: 1,600

your worrying for nothing, a refrig that gets little or no use will use a very small amount of electricity on the defrost cycle. If the doors are not getting opened then very little frost will build up on the coils, the less frost the shorter the time the heater will be on. The defrost cycle is controlled by a defrost timer and a defrost thermostat. The thermostat controls how long the heaters actually stay on.
................."I want a house that has gotten over all its troubles. I dont' want to spend the rest of life bringing up a young and inexperienced house"...........
hardwareman is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help My Admiral Refrigerator is leaking water Cuwillis Appliances 10 03-25-2014 08:21 AM
Tempstar heat pump won't initiate defrost cycle lgmccoy1 HVAC 14 12-08-2011 06:07 PM
Using Gas heat during Defrost mgroves HVAC 15 12-18-2010 05:51 PM
Need help from control guys or heat pump gurus (reversing heat pump defrost cycle) pomelo HVAC 11 03-08-2010 08:13 PM
Kenmore fridge not cooling, freezer ok bobvanhalder HVAC 7 10-22-2008 10:52 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1