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Neither freezer or fridge sides are getting cold enough. There was ice buildup on the back of freezer where the air comes out, but I removed all this and 2 hours later, still not cooling. Fan is running, lights are working.

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You have a defrost problem. Common problem on most frost free refrigerators because the ice buildup does not allow efficient heat transfer to evaporator coil. You will need to remove the cover in the back of the freezer compartment (you know , where you scraped of the ice).When you remove panel you will see a buildup of ice on your evaporator coil. This will have to be thawed out by hairdryer or some other means before you move onto next step.Next you will see a heater element (black thingy ) or glass tubes with internal elements .These are your defrost heaters. They can usaully be visually inspected but best to use an ohmeter to check continuity.If you have good heaters you will want to put frig into defrost by manually turning the defrost timer clockwise untill you hear frig cut off. (Look for timer inside right frig compartment next to thermostat.) power will now be diverted to heaters and will get hot for duration of defrost cycle. If defrost thermostat is bad this could be the case of problem( round looking disk thingy clamped to coil and wired before heater) You can check by bypassing the defrost therm directly to heater and see if heater works while in defrost cycle.You will want to replace it as this is the device that turns off the heater so as not to overheat and melt plastic in freezer.Just reinstall everthing and you should be good to go.

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Suspect timer is not working, or thermostat

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SOURCE: Maytag top freezer, bottom fridge.

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is a multi-solution answer since I don't have all the tech from your question to pinpoint your problem
But the solution is in here generically, if you read and study the solutions very,very carefully.
Check Temp inside freezer. It has to be down to about 10 or 15 degrees
This can cause slow ice making if its too high even tho its freezing everything else at 25 degrees
The ref. temp should be about 33-35
The Freezer temp should be 0 to 10 Any thing below these temps is overkill and a waste of elect
The higher the number you turn it up to is the coldest
The icemaker is 110v
See if water is in icemaker.
Pour water in Ice Maker and wait to see if it ejects.
If it ejects thenyou need to replace water valve in rear bottom of fridge(Its the part that
attaches to water line out of wall)
If it doesn't eject then it is a faulty Ice Maker.
If its leaking or no water at icemaker or door either one, then the valve at the rear bottom of ref needs replacing
First I would check the fan in the freezer. Listen to see if it is running
It moves air to the ref from the freezer
Then check to see if freezer control is turned WARMER, which makes the Ref. colder
Also if it is getting drinking water to the door but not to the icemaker (or vice versa) Then you need to replace
the water valve at the bottom rear of the fridge. It is a double valve and one side is not working
Also this might be a common Defrost problem, Ice
is not being melted by the defrost system.The fan can't blow through the coils into the fridge.
Take out back panel of freezer to check for ice buildup. The coils should be clean.
There are three components to a defrost system- a heater,heater thermostat, and a timer unless you have a defrost electronic card.
Its best handled by a Technician but you could possibly do it by taking your model number to the nearest appliance parts store and asking for the parts. They are mostly located in freezer ,behind back panel on freezer coils.except the card which is usually located in ref The parts store will have info
Also check fan undernearh Ref in the rear
Clean condenser coils underneath
If you still have trouble GO HERE:

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