This is the third time this has happened (the first two "thermostat" replacements were under warranty). Our skybox was working perfectly then we went down and we are stuck at 50 degrees again. The last two times this has happend, they said they replaced the thermostat (this may have been a generic term they used for my benefit). Either way, we were back to full, adjustable cooling after the replacement. Now, Whirlpool says they no longer make the parts for the Maytag Skybox - I don't know what our options are at this point. Please let me know what you think the problem is and how we can locate parts.
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Re: Maytag Skybox stays at 50 degrees all the time
The SkyBox was built for Maytag by a company in China. Production stoppedabout 2 1/2 years ago, and Maytag purchased ALL available service parts available at that time. As inventories are depleted, there will be no more parts available.
An issue with the SkyBox involved a build up of frost and ice on the evaporator plate built into the wall behind the dispensor assembly. This build up insulated the product from the evaporator coil. It also caused the circulation fan to stop running. Unplug the unit and leave the door open for 24 hours. Plug it back in, set the thermostat indicator at the 11:00 position and close the door. See if this brings the temps back down to the 36 to 42 degree range, I hope this helps.
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First things, first. Establish a relationship with Maytag. Set up an email or chat with them. Tell them everything that has happened and has been done. See if their experts have any other solutions. It IS possible that one of the replacements is defective - Maytag may send one of their techs to check it out (my motherboard was defective - lasted 1 year before it went crazy - under warranty tho). If something is found that can be repaired, tell Home Warranty - should still be under first repair and at N/C. Unfortunately, it may come under a replacement. Start to look for new home warranty's (AHS).
Check the condenser coils. These are located at the rear, behind the panel. There should be frost all over the coils. If not, and the frost is just on the first section then this indicates a slow refridgerant leak. I purchased mine in 2002 and it came with a 10 years parts and labour warranty on all parts of the refridgerant system. So hope you hung onto all your documents.
Maytag never offered a replacement compressor for the SkyBox units. It was not a cost effective repar to make. If you are sure the thermostat is supplying 120VAC to the compressor, you can install a Supco URCO410 relay/capacitor/overload kit. This part should only be installed by a qualified service technician.
Maytag never offered a compressor as a replacement part for the SkyBox. It simply was not cost effective. If you are sure the thermostat is supplying 120VAC to the compressor, then have a qualified service technician install a Supco URCO410 relay/capacitor/overload kit on the compressor. As with any sealed refrigeration system, the US Environmental Protection Agency requires that a certified refrigeration technician recover the refrigerant charge before accessing the sealed system.
I hope this helped.
you might need the compressor checked for freon level
when the compressor stops cooling entirely - the products will stay room temp.. when this happens -- the relay overload switch is the problem -- most sites tell you to change the capacitor and transformer -- this is expensive and not the problem -- its like changing the starter and alternator on a car -- before checking for a bad battery
If it is under warranty, call service. I experienced similar odors, sounds, and failure to heat meals. The magnetron/emitter and the transformer are replaced on two separate failures. Now the third time just happened. I am afraid mine is out of warranty and I will not purchase Maytag again.
The likely cause is a heavy frost and ice buildup on the internal evaporator plate behind the dispensing unit. Unplug the unit and open the door for 24 hours. Plug the unit back in, reset the thermostat to the 11:00 position.