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Side by Side Maytag Frig/Freezer Frig not cooling

Model is MSD2356AEW, about ten years old. The coils in back of freezer
are icing up bad. Thus frig is not cooling properly. I suspect the defrost
mechanism isn't working? Is this a costly fix? Any other possible reasons
for what causes this? I've been removing the inside panel and using a hair
dryer to deice the coils. It's only been a week and they are iced up again.


Due to the age of the appliance, I'm wondering if it more cost-effective to
fix it or just purchase a new appliance.

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Hello momeddy41,
I'm Huuum to your rescue.

Is your freezer packed to the top, and covering any air ducts near the back of the freezer?
The freezer and fridge share the air and if the circulation from the freezer to the fridge is cut off ,
this could cause problems.
Or you may just need a shot of coolant to raise the pressure in the coil.
It's not necessarily wise to spend a lot of money on an old fridge over 7 years old.
But*** it's better to try one service call and find out if it is one of the many simple things first, as I showed you. Then you would ne saving the price of a new fridge for awhile!
That's your call.

Here is an interesting report I just read!

Repair or replace?

When to pull the plug on your old refrigerator

It nearly always makes sense to undertake simple do-it-yourself repairs,
such as replacing a gasket on a refrigerator or a freezer.

Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
in the owner's manual.

Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
The answer depends mostly on the age of your refrigerator,
how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.

Follow these guidelines:

When a repair makes sense.

If your refrigerator is under warranty or less than four years old (three years for top-freezers),
paying for a repair makes sense.
Note that refrigerators under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

When a repair might be a wise choice.


If your refrigerator is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair.
But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage,
given that today's models are quieter and have added features.
Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008,
are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent
more efficient than those built before 1993.

When it pays to replace.

The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new refrigerator.
Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive top-freezer refrigerator
six or more years old or a bottom-freezer or side-by-side eight or more years old.

Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent
of a refrigerator you replace is likely to end up in a landfill.


Thanks for giving me the opportunity to help!
Please do not forget to give me a rating before you sign off!
Bless You, Thank You, HUUUM

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I have a Maytag, side by side model MSD2356AE, purchased approx. 9 years ago, ice-maker malfunctioned from the beginning, was replaced by Maytag with a 'retro-kit'. Worked for about a year, then malfunctioned again.
The refrigerator area freezes up on the bottom shelf. Then sides of door become hot, after that, refrigerator will not cool.
Now I have a problem with the refrigerator leaking onto my wood floor. I have been told that this model is NOT included in the recall.
I usually use a hair dryer aimed at the bottom vent/coils in the freezer to 'fix' the problem, and we no longer use the ice-maker- the water supply has been turned off.
I do the hair-dryer thing until the refridgerator starts to cool.

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