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Buzzing under refrigerator and freezer warm

I have a maytag performa 4.5 years old and i hear a buzzing under the front right and now my freezer won't stay cold...starting to defrost

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, pls postback the exact model number.

Offhand, without an exact model number to work with, possibilities that the buzzer like sound could be produced by:

  • a real buzzer indicating a malfunction;
  • the compressor trying to start but could not.
Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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Hi
My guess is that you have a problem with one of the following:

Start relay...this gives a quick shot to the compressor to start the cycle...if it doesn't shut it will go to overload. The capacitor in the start circuit which assists the start relay or the compressor itself. Best bet: get a service guy i

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    or  This has the ADC board in the control area, so your best way to start checking this defrost system is to check the defrost heater and the termination thermostat in the freezer, if they check good then you will know the ADC board is defective.  Assuming you have checked behind the back wall of the freezer after you open the freezewr door, to see if it is clogged with ice.  If the heater or bi-metal are bad, replace them, and be sure to defrost all of the ice on the coils with your hair dryer.  If this is not clogged with ice, you have other problems which will be addressed once we hear about what you have found behind the freezer panel. Look at the frost pattern also, if it is not all frosted up you have other problems.

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HI,

If the refrigerator isn't cool, you need to answer some questions, then see if the compressor is running.

First, answer these questions:

  • Is the refrigerator completely dead? If so, see “It's stopped completely.”


  • Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? If not, reset it.


Next, see if the compressor motor is running

Thecompressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It'son the outside of the refrigerator at the back near the bottom. If itis humming or making a continuous noise and your refrigerator is stillnot cooling, there may be a more serious problem with one or more ofseveral different components, we recommend contacting a qualifiedappliance repair technician for further help.

If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator, there may be a problem with one or more of these:

  • The compressor


  • The Thermostat


  • The overload, relay, or capacitor


  • The defrost timer


  • The condenser fan motor


Cooling is poor Foran overall understanding of how refrigerators should work, read aboutrefrigerators in the How Things Work section of our website. Arefrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have aproblem in one of several areas:

Evaporator coils
Condenser
Poorcooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporatorcoils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.

Evaporator coils Poorcooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporatorcoils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the insideof your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presenceof any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling ofthe freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in theself-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

The refrigeratoris supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hourperiod. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails,the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so muchfrost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can'tdraw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of coolingbecause the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, coolingin the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

Here's aninexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem iswith the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food fromthe refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigeratorto Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to haveseveral towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drippan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually."When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn thethermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then coolsproperly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in theself-defrosting system:

  • The defrost timer


  • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)


  • The defrost heater


Ifit still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with therefrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with aqualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem

Condenser Self-defrostingrefrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually underthe refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils getcoated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly.The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like devicebehind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigeratorfrom the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see theAppliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean thecoils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all ofthe condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean theremainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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