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My maytag refrigerator model mtg2656ge is frosting up in the back of the freezer. I thinkg the flow of cold air is being impared by the frost. three wees ago I defrosted the freezer and it seemed to correct the problem. Now it is back.

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  • suppacpa Jul 22, 2009

    how do I install a defroster timer in a maytag fridge?

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    yes it worked

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You did the right thing in defrosting the refrigerator, since you identified that it seemed to help the problem. Good diagnostic work!! Because it seemed to correct the problem when you defrosted it, but now the problem has returned, it would indicate that there is a problem with one of the three components in the self-defrost system:

1. The defrost timer.

2. The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)

3. The defrost heater.

Just my opinion, (and I have been wrong before), that the problem is likely in the defrost thermostat. It is always located near or attached to the evaporator. The problem is that this item cannot be field tested and must be replaced if suspected of causing the problem, so you are taking a chance.

Anyway, I sure hope this helped you and that you find a resolution to your problem. Best wishes.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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    Bruce Canfield Jul 23, 2009

    The defrost timer is usually located either in the control panel, behind the toe kick panel, or on the back wall of the appliance. It will be white, black, or silver and black. It is attached with a couple of screws and typically has four wires attached. Simply note how the wires are attached, remove old timer, install new timer, and plug in the wires.

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All newer models have a 'defrost timer' which melts the frost every 24 hrs. This is probably the problem, you will need to change the timer.

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