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Refrigerator motor stops running and stays off until I manually fix it

The motor will stop running and everything in the freezer and fridge starts to warm up. I have found that if I unplug the refrigerator for 30 seconds and then plug it in again, it starts working again. This happens about two or three times a week. Why does it go into the "auto defrost" mode -- assuming that's my problem -- and how can I prevent it from doing that? Or how can I get it to go back on by itself without my having to unplug it? Thank you!

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  • Ellie Howe Jan 20, 2013

    More details... Our icemaker stopped working several weeks ago. The wheel or gear that is supposed to turn to dump the cubes into the tray was not working. We replaced the icemaker unit and it's working fine now. This problem of it automatically shutting off had started just before the problems with the icemaker, so I don't know if they are related or not. When the refrigerator motor stops running, ice cubes turn to water, everything in the freezer begins to thaw out, and temp goes up in both the freezer and refrigerator. I mentioned originally that I thought it might be the "auto defrost" mode -- fridge goes into that mode but doesn't "auto" come out of it. I know with my PC (computer), when it freezes, I have to shut it off for 30 seconds and that clears the RAM so it works again when I start it. I am wondering if there is a computer inside the fridge that is "freezing" in "auto defrost" mode, and I am clearing the RAM and resetting it when I unplug the refrigerator. I have been trying to find out more about this problem or find someone reporting a similar problem, but so far I've not had any luck. A phone call to Maytag customer service was not helpful; they finally said they would send someone to "diagnose" it for $100+ and any new parts or repair work would be added to that. That's why I'm here on FixYa... Thanks for reading this and thank you for any help you can offer. - Ellie

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