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Maytag PBF 2255 HEW refrigerator Freezes up, won't defrost

How do I determine whether this problem is caused by a defective JAZZ board controller, or a failed evaporator fan? It could be either I'm told, and I already know the defrost heater works.

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  • gotmoldohio Jan 19, 2009

    Fan does run, sometimes if not constantly, so I guess that's eliminated as an issue. Thanks.



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To rule out the evap fan.

The evap fan should run all the time except when in the defrost mode.

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