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Maytag frost free freezer ices up

The back of the freezer, where the vents are for the cold air to come out, ice up within one week of defrosting. This eventually causes my refrigerator to also stop cooling. Can the problem be the defroster sensor that is hanging down in the back left corner? I actually have problems with three out of four Maytag appliances I have. I will not buy them again.

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The problem is with the freezer fan. it supplies the air thaqt cools the refrigerator. If the fan rpms are to slow it needs to be replaced this should solve your problem. The fan costs around $80.00 just for the part. The replacement of this fan is labor intensive, because you have to contort yourself to reach the electrical connection.

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