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Freezer is almost always running....

I just bought a used Maytag side by side fridge model RST2200FAE and we decided not to hook up the water line for the ice maker unit. Do I have to disconnect the Ice maker to stop the freezer from circulating so much as it seems to go on about every 30 minutes for about 10 minutes. The fridge and freezer work well other than that.. There is a very slight grinding sound occasionally, almost like it is trying operate the ice maker .

Also do I need to plug the fridge fitting for the water supply line that is not hooked up?

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  • ironguts Feb 04, 2009

    thank you for your help .....however, I swung the arm up and it did not fix the problem so I physically removed the ice maker PS329574
    that has the thermostat in it and that didn't work either. It continues to cycle almost every 30 mins. I checked the seals around both doors and I don't see any obvious leaks and the seals look good.....could there be another thermostat that is the problem?

    PS the very slight grinding problems seem to be gone probably due to the ice maker being turned off....Thanks again for your time....

  • ironguts Feb 06, 2009

    I unplugged the icemaker at the fidge wall (which has the same effect as removing the ice maker housing module with the ice maker thermostat in it). the freezer still cycles every about 30 minutes. ....any other ideas??....tia

  • ironguts Feb 06, 2009

    thankyou for your well thought out explanation I assumed being that I am the only one using the fridge (seldom) and have been keeping the room temperature down around 60 degrees without any air conditioning that the fridge was cycling too often since my older westinghouse cycled way less........

    Thanks again for updating me on maytag's efficiency.....



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If you look at the icemaker, you will see a metal wire which runs along the side of the unit. If you manually swing the wire arm up until it locks in place (about 90 degree swing from the normal straight down position) you will have turned the icemaker off. (Alternatively you can unplug the electrical plug from the icemaker which goes into the freezer wall.)
If the icemaker is not turned off, it will periodically cycle, which turns on the ice cube mode release heater during it's cycle, putting unnecessary heat into your freezer. You do not need to plug the ice maker supply line. This should be a Fix-Ya for your refrig.

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    Carl Schulzetenberg Feb 04, 2009

    Ice maker will cycle when the thermostat in it reaches about 8 degrees F unless turned off or ice maker is unplugged. As I stated, just unplug the icemaker from the freezer wall to prevent cycling and unwanted extra heat in your freezer. That is a Fix-Ya, saving you refrig run time and improving energy efficiency. Hope you can see to uping the rating. Thanks.

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    Carl Schulzetenberg Feb 06, 2009

    When you wrote of the grinding noise associated with the non-hooked up water to icemaker, that would indicate the icemaker cycling, and thus the comments about the ice maker cube mold release heater. You don't want the ice maker putting heat in your freezer when you are not even using it to make ice.

    If you are concerned about the 10 minutes of compressor run time out of a 30 minute time period (33% run time) or 30 off, ten on (25% run time), that is not out of the ordinary. As a mater of fact, most modern refrigerators have a greater percentage run time (although while they run, they use less wattage per minute than old ones, and thus actually much less energy each month while often times running longer than an older unit) Depending on usage (food loads, door openings, etc) and ambient room temps, refrigerator run times can even exceed 90% and still be operating properly, within design specs, and efficiently. (Obviously the a refrig in an air conditioned home with only a minute or two of door openings a day will run less than the same refrig in a 95 degree humid non airconditioned home with a couple of teen age kids around.) Many newer refrigerators will use less power in a day than if you left a 60 watt light bulb on 24/7.

    If your refrigerator is cooling properly, don't worry about it.



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