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Maytag mfi2568aeb Replaced compressor 90 days ago. Freezer steady at 22 degrees. Refrigerator at 40 degrees. Icemaker production slow and ice not very solid. Air vents clear. What could be the problem?

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  • alan kundtz May 17, 2014

    Thank you for your response. The compressor was replaced by a licensed technicain after the refrigerator virtually "shut down". The new compressor included a new overload relay/capacitor. My symptoms started after that work, but aside from soft ice cream I did not pursue a fix until now. Researching the problem has led me to believe that it is a defrost heater issue, including the build up of ice on the back wall of the freezer (but no leaks onto the floor). However, there were too many other possibilities that i could not rule out with my limited DIY skills, so I have a repairman coming today to diagnose the situation. Hopefully he can evaluate the previous compressor replacement work as it may relate to the current problems.


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The EPA recommends keeping refrigerators at 37? F and freezers at 3? F, so your freezer temperature is obviously too high. How was it determined that the compressor was the problem rather than some related parts?

When you say, "Replaced compressor...", do you mean you did the work or had a tech do the job? Were any related parts checked/replaced, e.g., start relay?

Some repairs can be made by someone with basic electrical/mechanical skills, e.g., replacing a defrost timer or ADC.
But a refrigerator compressor should be installed by a trained and licensed appliance repair technician. This is NOT a do-it-yourself project.

A compressor replacement and charging requires specialized tools and some expert knowledge. Perhaps you have the appropriate tools, gauges and knowledge.

If a bad compressor was the original problem, and you replaced it with a new compressor (there is a chance you might have purchased a defective unit), and you have checked the related electrical parts, you may not have the correct amount or the correct refrigerant in the system. If you had a leak, the unpleasant smell might be a tell-tell sign. Check: Refrigerator Parts Compressor System Testing

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