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Freezer not working properly

The freezer gets major ice build up and causes noisy fan noise. After I shut down and defrost it works well again for 4 to 5 days till ice builds up again. I can feel ice buildup behind the back of the freezer panel as well. Is it a thermostat problem. What part might fix the problem?

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  • Refrigerators Master
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What is the model number of your unit?

Posted on Dec 07, 2012

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  • toli65 Dec 09, 2012

    It's a 7 year old Maytag Model # MTB2195 AEW. I would love to know what it might cost to fix so that I could decide whether to fix it or toss it. Can you tell me if you think it is a thermostat problem and if it is worth fixing??? Thank you.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Dec 09, 2012

    You can fix it. You need to replace the defrost thermostat and it is an easy job to do. Here is the part to order.http://bit.ly/12fHbJc Here is a video to walk you thru the process.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Dec 09, 2012

    Opps, look at this video!

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Dec 09, 2012

    Sorry about the wrong video.

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SOURCE: ice build up on fan

problem is most likely caused by water overflowing from ice tray and then freezing to motor, hold light switch in and see what happens when tray fills up. Regards Advisor

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I would start with a 24 hour full defrost,
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SOURCE: Ice build-up around the fan making a noise.

Drain line froze.
Used hair dryer to thaw frozen line, works OK now. 01/07/09
Think the frozen drain line was caused by the light in the refrigerator not shutting off when the door closes, causing excess cooling in the freezer. Poor design on the light shutoff switch, corrected design to make permanent repair
chestnutlee.

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SOURCE: ice accumilation next to fan in freezer compartment

u have a defrost problem need to replace heater and tstat

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SOURCE: frost building up in freezer cause refridgerator to get warm

Your refrigerator has a main control board part number WR55X10656 if the board is not working properly normal functions of defrost will be skipped and frost buildup will decrease cooling. The cost of the board is expensive and you may want to get more advice to get answers. Control, boards have been a real nuisance for the so called modern refrigerator. If under warrant it would be helpful. You can replace the board yourself and save the cost of a repair technician service. If you like I will help you get through this, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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