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Maytag side by side Model RST2200FAM

The problem with this older fridge/freezer is that ice builds up in the freezer against the back wall. Then the contents unfreeze/melt. A small pool of water forms on the floor. We unplug it, let it defrost naturally, and plug it back in. It works for a couple of days and then the problem starts again. At first I thought the door wasn't being shut proprerly, but since it keeps recurring, there must be a problem. My husband can fix it -- he built our house -- but he doesn't know much about heating/cooling stuff, even in appliances. Please point us in the right direction.

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The defrost cycle drain is most likely plugged/frozen. The drain normally leaves the bottom to a drip pan at the back of the freezer. To fix it. Unplug the unit. Take out the freezer shelves. you will see some removable panels at the back of the freezer. take out the screws and take the panels off. be careful the panels interlock.

What you are going to see is a coil, defrost fan on top. The drain is in the bottom. Will be iced over hard to see. Using a hair dryer, melt the ice, both on top of the matal pan and underneath it. when you can see the holes, keep the hair dryer warming. eventually you will be able to get a small screwdriver into the hole. Be careful not to mess anything up. After the plug is melted cleared from inside the freezer, go to the back of the freezer and remove the motor cover. clean the whole thing out with a vacuum cleaner while you are there. again be careful. The drain line will slip off the from the outside, turn it and use you mouth to blow it out. Put the back cover back on.

I would plug it in, see if it all works before I closed it up. Be careful.
Go back to the inside, replace the panels and the shelves.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009


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