Maytag Skybox Icing up and dispensor motors burned out
Hello, I see you have a Maytag Skybox repair manual you can send out? I have the original owners guide, but it is not much help. My unit is cooling properly, but one of the 4 sections won't dispense. (The 2nd from the bottom is the problem). I noticed there is ice build up by the dispensing mechanism in that row. I will thaw out the unit and see if that helps. The official repair guide should help a lot. Thank you. Rob firstname.lastname@example.org I have the same problem with the dispensing motors.
One was really corroded and another just didn't work any more.
I also had the same icing problem as described by others.
Looking for a repair manual if someone has one.
Please send to email@example.com
To be honest..and after reading all the problems related to this unit. I don't feel that it was designed properly.
There are too many problems for this to be a one time thing and Maytag doesn't seem to eager to provide some help either. No wonder there was only a one year parts and labour warranty on this item. It wasn't meant to last much longer than a year. I thought Maytag had a great reutation but now I wonder.
Anyway, that's for all the help and advice out there.
I hope I can get my machine working like it should real soon.
Also - Where can I go to get replacement parts? Ie. the dispensing motors ?
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I just replaced my in-pieces starter relay and thermal swich with a Whirlpool 4387535 kit. My Skybox has been working fine ever since.
Note I had the same symptoms as other posts of the compressor turning on/off continuously (but no cooling)...I believe what was happening is that the starter relay would allow current to flow to initially start the compressor, but would never stop providing current to it after it had already started (as it should) thus in a few seconds the thermal switch would sense this and trip / remove power to the compressor...then this cycle would start all over once the thermal switch cooled down again and let power back to the compressor...
This kit is evidently the newer style of what is on the original Skybox compressors (functionally speaking)...the new starter relay looks and installs like the old one, but the thermal switch is different and you need to remove the old one (follow the black wire on the top post of the compressor back a little to a small black round thing with a flexible metal piece inside). The good news is that once you remove it, it already has the correct spade lug on the wire to plug directly into the new thermal switch which sits right on the top lug of the compressor above the starter relay.
Note I'm not a service tech, just a Skybox owner who was/is tired of Maytag disowning this product and calling it a "throwaway" when any part of it stops working (and all local authorized service centers laughing when asked to repair one).
Continuing on with my rant a little, I also see other posts on the internet which also state "throwaway" when you actually have a bad compressor because you can't get direct replacements anymore - my friend who does AC work on the side said he most certainly could put another compressor in there from probably just about any other mini-fridge...he just noted that it is a small place to do it so the replacement compressor form factor will have to be considered. He stated you may get a little more or less cooling efficieny but who cares if you really want to keep your machine working that you can't buy anymore (nor get a close alternative).
Let me tall you what we have just learned...
1. When Whirlpool bought Maytag, they dumped the Skybox and all parts associated with it. The parts are no longer being manufactured from what they tell us.
2. We have had our unit less than 3 years and replaced the two center motors and have the bottom one going out now.
3. We are having cooling and icing up issues.
4. When you speak with Whirlpool they are unwilling to help.
5. We have gone to electrical supply and repair folks and since the motors are not marked, they say it could be one of about 1000!.
6. We are ordering parts from parts select so we have some.
I think we should find a way to rally together and get some cooperation form Whirlpool. $600+ is a bit much to spend for a couple of years use.