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Skybox Hi there - I have a Maytag Skybox that has stopped cooling - the "repair man" came and said it was the relay overload and can't be fixed - he said it's against policy to give out the part number for the item. I see you've helped a lot of people with this problem - any chance you can eamil the manual to me and if you happen to know the part number for the relay - I really do apprectiate any help. Please email to: daa12@att.net or if that is a problem : DAndreoli@CAinc.com (my work) thank you thank you thank you

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  • nickels6904 Oct 26, 2008

    dispenser and lights work, does not cool.

  • tada12 Oct 31, 2008

    I went to the web site you suggested, entered the info and unfortunately there is no listing for the starter relay or starter relay overload. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help

  • Kadl Nov 06, 2008

    The Skybox has stopped cooling. There was some water below the unit when we noticed it had stopped cooling. Is there anything we can do prior to calling a repair person? We have no manual.



    Thanks so much in advance---

  • VINNYVUSMC Nov 06, 2008

    I TOO HAVE A MAYTAG SKY BOX FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS NOW. THE COOLING SYSTEM JUST WENT A FEW MONTHS AGO. I HAD A MAYTAG REPAIR MAN LOOK AT IT AND HE SAID THERE HAS BEEN MANY PROBLEMS WITH THE SKYBOX AND THEY DON'T CARRY THEM ANY MORE. WHAT CAN I DO TO FIX THE COOLING SYSTEM

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I have a skybox as well and all of a sudden it has stopped cooling. What are your suggestions on how to trouble shoot. Especially if you've never worked on a appliance like this before.

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Go to www.apdepot.com and enter your model number under Brand :Maytag you will see a parts breakdown and you can buy it online

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