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I also have a Maytag where the coil has lit up like a electric stove... Does this mean that the defrost heater is broken or is it doing it's job? I read something online stating that this is part of the normal defrost cycle... Do i need to get someone out here to fix it? Thanks!

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What you are describing is the unit going through a normal defrost cycle. The defrost cycle is how the ice is removed from the evaporator so that air may flow unobsstructed of ice across the evaporator to the refrigeration compartment. Hope this helps... Bill

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Maytag plus i purchased 4 -5 yrs ago went out the freezor over frosted, i defrosted the frige and now the freezor works like a really good refrigerator n the frige side doesnt work.

The thing you need to do determine why it isnt defrosting automatically like its supposed to be sure that you remove the frost from the crossover return hole in the left side wall of refrig compartmentat the bottom by the crisper drawers when its blocked w/frost air doesnt flow correctly into and out of freshfood section.
This is what to check to see why it isnt defrosting by itself;
DEFROST HEATER ...remove back wall of freezer and you will see a black heater at the bottom of the coil thats frosted up,it looks similar to the bake element in your oven,or in some cases it is going to be a spiraled wires inside of a glass tube. To check it,use a multimeter set to the lowest ohms of resistiance setting and follow and find the wires at the top of that frosted coil,unplug/disconnect those wires and check for continuty with around 5-20 ohms of resistiance. If it has that amount of ohms the heater is good. If your meter display does not change or displays OL the defrost heater is broke and needs to be replaced

DEFROST TERMINATION THERMOSTAT... it's round and has 2 wires and clips to the top of that frosted up coil. IT MUST BE CHECKED WHEN COLD SO BEST TO DO WHEN FROST IS STILL BUILT UP. To check it disconnect the wires on it and check for ZERO ohms of resistiance. As with the heater if the meter display OL or doesnt change,it is the problem

DEFROST is hard to check for a semi unskilled person and if the heater or defrost t-stat check good its going to be the problem. It will NOT be in the freezer it could be on back wall or inside the control panel in the refrigerator section.

Good luck,
While these pictures are for a different brand ALL refrigerators are similar and may look some what different than your but will be similar enough to yours

Aug 17, 2011 | Maytag MSD2756G Side by Side Refrigerator

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My refrigerator/freezer compressor never shuts off. What could be the problem? It is a GE model# TBHA22ZRE.

If the compressor is not shutting of sometimes this is relative to the machine trying to reach the correct tempreture in the freezer area but not being allowed to due to an issue like a defrost issue. In order to check if your unit is haveing a defrost issue you would need to remove the rear panel on the inside of the freezer. Yes this does mean all the food and the racks have to come out as well sorry. Usually there are a couple 1/4" screws that hold the rear panel in place. After removing the panel this would then give you access to the evaporator coil. If when you remove the rear panel you see any type of ice build up either on the coil or below the coil or the fan above the evaporator coil moving sluggishly and not spining at a hi-speed this would be termed as a defrost issue. This is caused by either the defrost thermostat, the defrost heater, and the defrost timer or in some units instead of the timer they have an adaptive control board. You would first if you had a defrost issue use a hair dryer to defrost any ice build up on the evaporator coil. After defrosting the coil then you would grab your handy multimeter and perform a continuity or ohms test on the defrost thermostat which is a small disc like two wire object usually attached to one of the copper lines going to the evaporator coil. Located one or both of the side would be the connection for the defrost heater as well and the same test can be performed to assure that this part is in proper working order. Usually it is the defrost thermostat that is the issue that causes the ice build up in most refrigerators that I repair about 85 percent of the time it is mainly due to this being the fault. If you find that both the defrost thermostat and defrost heater are fine and you have no ice build up on the evaporator coil message me back for further diagnosis. There is also a test to check the other parts mentioned as well but it is very lengthy to describe how to test these parts and I will await till you have firstly checked for the ice up issue on your evaporator coil and if so then tested the defrost thermostat and the defrost heater. I await your reply if you have any further questions and please remember when our chat has fully concluded to rank how this opinion has helped in your appliance situation it allows me to continue helping others in similar situations in the future Thanks

Aug 05, 2011 | GE GTR11AAP Top Freezer Refrigerator

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Model MSD2454GR ice in bottom of freezer. Every day pretty good amount. Small vent on side wall has ice in it also . What"s the problem? Tom

the ice is due to your unit having a defrost issue click this link for more information on this problem you can also use a hair dyer to defrost your freezer and performing tests on the defrost thermostat and defrost timer and the defrost heater will lead you to which is faulty by performing continuity tests on all. If you have any further questions message me back and please remember to rank how this opinion has helped in your appliance situation it allows me to help others in similar situations thanks Rick

Mar 20, 2011 | Maytag Refrigerators

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My Maytag side-by-side is a MSD2655HEQ. The coils in the freezer compartment keep frosting over and the refrigerator side quits keeping cool air. I've defrosted the coils with a blow dryer and the...

The defrost circuit in you freezer has failed that is why you have to defrost the coils. The defrost circuit consists of the heater element, the defrost thermostat and the control module. The control module turns off the compressor and powers up the heating element to melt the ice on the coil, after the coil reaches 40 deg F the thermostat cuts off power to the heater. The heating element and thermostat is mounted to the coil. If you have a multimeter and know how to use one, you can check the thermostat and heater. You can check the heating element with a multimeter to see if it has electrically opened. If it has then you will need to replace it. Check also the thermostat, it should be in series with the heater. It should read close to 0 ohms if it is freezing and read infinite ohms if the temperature is above 40F. If the thermostat and heater check out, the problem might be with the control module.

Oct 05, 2010 | Maytag MSD2655HE Side by Side Refrigerator

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Is it normal to have the coils visible from the inside of the freezer glow red.

well yes,
every so often you might see a red glow from the back of the freezer unit,
this is actually your defrost heater, very similar to the calrod heaters in your oven or stove top
it will heat up and stay hot till the top of the metal evaportaor reaches 55 degrees through conduction.
once the coil reaches that temp it has been successfully defrosted and evaporated or drained

Oct 15, 2009 | Frigidaire FRS3R5EMB Side by Side...

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I have a top freezer/refrigerator and notice that ice is accumulating in the freezer and underneath the freezer in the fridge. What are my settings supposed to be set at? What should I do?

It sounds as if your refrigerator has stopped automatic defrosting of the evaporator coil or has a plugged defrost drain.. Below is some information provided by:, to help you understand what may be wrong with your unit. If it is not cooling properly, you may be able to get it cooling again, temporarily by removing all perishable items, unplugging the unit, and allowing it to stand idle wth the doors open. This will allow the ice to melt, which will allow air flow to resume normally through the unit. Allow several hours for the ice to thaw completely, then close the doors and return it to an operational status. Put water in both compartments and when satisfied with the results of temperature, i.e. frozen in freezer and cold in fresh food compartment, you can put perishables back in. This will allow normal operation for only about a week until the defective part gets replaced, then it will start warming up again.
If the drain is plugged then the diagrams should show the routing so you can clean it out.
Today, all but the smaller, apartment-sized refrigerators are self-defrosting. Self-defrosting means what it implies--though frost continues to accumulate inside the refrigerator, it melts automatically. The self-defrosting system has three functional components:

Defrost timer
Defrost heater
Defrost thermostat.
Defrost timer The timer is like a clock. It continually advances, 24 hours a day. Every 6 to 8 hours, the timer turns off the cooling system of the refrigerator and turns on the defrost heater.

Defrost heater The defrost heater is similar to the burners on an electric stove. It's located just beneath the cooling coils, which are concealed behind a panel in the freezer compartment. The heater gets hot. And, because it's close to the cooling coils, any ice or frost build-up melts.

As the frost and ice melt, the resulting water drips into a trough. The trough is connected to a tube that drains the water into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator. The water is then evaporated by a fan that blows warm air from the compressor motor over the pan and out the front of the refrigerator.

Defrost thermostat The process ends after either the amount of time specified on the timer or when the defrost thermostat near the cooling coils senses that the heat near the coils has reached a specific temperature.

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Aug 13, 2009 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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The heater in Maytag MDE2400AyW does not all elements glow only the ones in the middle

HI thanks for your question. the element is probably broken. and part of it is touching the frame, of the element housing. remove element and look for a break. but unplug dryer first. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks.

Oct 05, 2008 | Maytag Neptune MDE5500AY Electric Dryer

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Defrost problem diagnosis

you will need a multimeter. check continuity thro the heater and stats mounted on the evaporator

Apr 08, 2007 | Kenmore 72073 Top Freezer Refrigerator

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