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Maytag Skybox Not cooling

Hi, I was wondering if you had a repair manual for the Skybox. I just purchased one that works in every respect but does not cool. What are the parts that normally go out and can I find a replacement part? Any help would be appreciated.

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  • ravensgirl Sep 20, 2008
  • Anonymous Sep 21, 2008

    not cooling either. about 5 years old. kept in garage.

  • k_kosier Sep 29, 2008

    I have the same problem, I'm pretty sure it is the start relay or the start capacitor, I've searched the net for the parts, but only find wholesalers that want to sell me 1000 of them.

    k_kosier@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous Oct 15, 2008

    Same problem here to but I got mine brand new but after 2 years the cooling stopped. Could it be out of freon?

  • neostyle Dec 14, 2008

    Mine has worked perfectly for about 3 years. I just moved it into my new place and now it has decided to cack out. compressor turns on, it sounds like it runs for 10 seconds or so, and then just the compressor stays on. No cooling what so ever. HELP I love this stupid unit

  • MiniDiva Dec 24, 2008

    Also looking for the repair manual for this product. Thanks!



    Sue: minidiva@msn.com

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I just replaced my in-pieces starter relay and thermal swich with a Whirlpool 4387535 kit. My Skybox has been working fine ever since.

Note I had the same symptoms as other posts of the compressor turning on/off continuously (but no cooling)...I believe what was happening is that the starter relay would allow current to flow to initially start the compressor, but would never stop providing current to it after it had already started (as it should) thus in a few seconds the thermal switch would sense this and trip / remove power to the compressor...then this cycle would start all over once the thermal switch cooled down again and let power back to the compressor...

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Note I'm not a service tech, just a Skybox owner who was/is tired of Maytag disowning this product and calling it a "throwaway" when any part of it stops working (and all local authorized service centers laughing when asked to repair one).

Continuing on with my rant a little, I also see other posts on the internet which also state "throwaway" when you actually have a bad compressor because you can't get direct replacements anymore - my friend who does AC work on the side said he most certainly could put another compressor in there from probably just about any other mini-fridge...he just noted that it is a small place to do it so the replacement compressor form factor will have to be considered. He stated you may get a little more or less cooling efficieny but who cares if you really want to keep your machine working that you can't buy anymore (nor get a close alternative).

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