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Maytag fridge s-by-s freezes alot of the stuff at the back and lower vege drawer

I have a Maytag side-by-side refrigerator. I have a thermostat in it to make sure I have it between the recommened 32-40 degrees. The thermostat is on the door and says 40. A lot of the stuff that gets placed at the back of the fridge, mostly the lower back tends to freeze. I have also had lunch meat freeze and that is in a separate drawer in the middle of the fridge. The fridge is 11 yrs old. Is this due to age or can this problem be fixed? Should I be checking the temp at a different location? Also, dispite not changing any settings, in the summer the temp will always tend to be too warm and I have to adjust the controls. Is this normal as well? Do I just get a new one? I assume they do not have these problems with newer models.

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Actually this seems about right. The air flow in the fridge is usually from the back top of the fridge. That will be the cold spot then the air sinks down to the bottom and then recycles back into the freezer comp. to get cold again. Door shelf is usually warmer than the rest. As with most units, it takes some understanding of the air circulation pattern in order to find the sweet spots for dairy products and meat, veggies, etc. Check to see if there are slider adjustments on the drawers for temp or humidity, etc. Also make sure there are not parts missing from the inside of the fridge. Sometime a part that appears to only be a small plastic item gets broken over time and never replaced when it could actually be very important to air circulation. I recommend getting a small floating aquarium thermometer and setting it in a glass of water in order to get the "true" temp. of the products not just the air temp of the fridge. Put the glass in different locations over a weeks period to record what the temps are like in different areas of the fridge so you can make a "map" of the cold spots, etc. Leave the thermometer in for about 12 hours before you record the temps for that location. I think you will find the answers you need in order to place your food more effieciently in the fridge. As for summer days, the unit will have to work harder in warm weather to cool than it does in the winter months of course but there is always a concern that you are not cooling 100%. The way to check that is to let the unit run for several hours (turn the temps down so it runs for at least an hour solid) then you would have to pull the whole interior rear freezer panel off the back to view the cooling coils and make sure they are fully frosted across the whole coil surface. If they are iced up only in a few inches of coils then you likely have leaked out the liquid refrigerant over the years and there's not enough to cool a full 100% of its capacity. And your complaints are the same with even brand new models... it's about 60% of our service calls (not cooling properly or freezing food).

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