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Refrigerator hot and smelling like plastic burning.

I had a Maytag refrigerator for 6 years and working just fined. Recently outside the door of the friger is hot and smelling outside and inside of the refrigerator and friger. If the fan stop running then hot outside the friger, smelling, and compressor humming. When the fan is running then it fine. However the temperature inside of both refrigerator and frezer are fine. Please tell me what to fix this problem. Thanks :)

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  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    I have a burning plastic smell coming from my refrigerator, the ice maker is not working, but that stopped working a couple of months ago. Everything else seems to be working fine. The smell is horrible though. please help.

  • kylaroy7 Mar 23, 2009

    OMG!!! I am having the same problem. I had someone come by today and check it but, there were no freon leaks and he couldn't find anything wrong. Just a horrible burning plastic smell. I took everything out of it and put it in the downstairs fridge/freezer. What ever happened with yours? Did it resolve itself? Would love to know your update.



    Thanks!

    Lara

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You likely have a defrost cycle failure. The freezer's cooling coils need to be frosty and cold so the air that the fan pulls over them can cool the fridge section. If the defrost cycle fails, the coils freeze up to a block of ice and air flow suffers (fridge is about 55 degrees F). The freezer stays cold only because there's a block of ice in there now... sometimes that cold "sinks" to the bottom and only the food at the bottom stays frozen (and can even freeze food at the bottom of the fridge compartment while the rest is warm). To be sure, you'll need to take the rear interior panel off the freezer back wall and check the coils to see if they are frozen solid. If they are then there's a defrost cycle failure. If they are showing a nice white frosty pattern evenly all over the coils then that's normal and maybe the evap fan (right above the coils) is not blowing air up properly or is not working at all. That fan should run if the compressor is running, etc. the only time it doesn't run is during an actual defrost cycle. Once you find out what condition the coils are in it should be simple to direct you further on the problem.

Posted on Jan 06, 2007

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SOURCE: Maytag MFD2561HEQ Bottom Freezer Refrigerator - Freezer working, refrigerator not

Marc of Nc. check to make sure the fan in the freezer is operating when the compressor is on. The only thing the fresh food section gets its cool air from is the freezer. and if the fan is not operating no cold air will get up there. If the fan is running you need to make sure the air duct is not blocked with frost of the evaporator is not iced up. Check that out and get back with me if there still is a problem. Good Luck

Posted on Aug 06, 2007

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SOURCE: Maytag MZD2766GES side-by-side Refrigerator warm

is it frozen up? do you have any air flow thru the air tunnel from the freeze to the fridge? Check your air flow with the door switch pushed in. also check to see if the damper door opens... 1) if it is iced up you have a defrost problem. most likely a defrost timer. Turn off or unplug untill all the ice has melted off the evaporator back of the freezer..plug back in and it will work fine untill the ice builds up again. if this work you do have a defrost problem.. if not let me know and we can go deeper...

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

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You don't have enough cold air circulating over into the refrigerator section. This is usually controlled by an adjustable "flap" or door which is hooked to a conrol knob. When you rotate the knob you change the size of the opening which controls the air flow to the refrigerator secton. Also you may may have something blocking this air flow -- --- - like a wrapper from an ice cream bar, etc. Try to find the opening between the freezer and refrigerator sections and look for an obstruction.
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Posted on Mar 19, 2008

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I have a Maytag msd2422gr side-by-side that has gradually stopped cooling 2 or 3 times.  The solution is cheap and easy: Your unit isn't cooling because the space in which the fan is housed is so full of ice you are getting no cold air circulation. The compressor and everything else is functioning, but the cold that is being produced is blocked by ice. All you need to do is to unplug the unit and entirely unload the freezer. Locate a panel with vent slots on the back wall of the freezer compartment that covers the fan. It is held on by about 4 screws. Lift out the panel and behold the glacier of ice covering the coils. You might want to use a hair dryer or space heater to hasten the melting, but I would warn against trying to chip or break it out because you will probably ruin or puncture an important part. Once all the ice is gone, reassemble and plug it back in. As I recall, it takes a few minutes for the compressor to get going again, but be patient because, if there was ice, that was your problem and if it is now gone, that is your solution. It can't help but work. And from now on, you know to be careful not over-load and block those vent slots in the back of your freezer.  If all else fails go here and get great, free help and every part you could possibly need:  http://www.repairclinic.com/RepairHelp/RepairHelp.aspx 

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

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