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The plastic freezer liner is melting or disolving or decaying or SOMETHING all around the evaporator (coils) in my Maytag side by side. There has been no evidence by sight or smell of anything melting, but the liner is just disappearing to the point I can see yellow insulation and even some wires! The defrost feature is not working right at this point, so might that have something to do with it? I'm concerned as to how safe this unit is to run anymore. Anyone know what's going on with it?

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  • coaterengine Jul 30, 2009

    Yes, that certainly helps. I'm handy enough to fix it, but could you point me to a good parts supplier and possibly a manual or schematic for the unit (MSD2656DEQ)? Thanks much.


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Yes your defrost thermostat is not doing its job of limiting the heat buildup inside the freezer. Definately not safe to let it run like this.That being said, the defrost thermostat is easy to replace.Just two wires to cut, two wirenuts and it should work fine assuming the defrost timer is working .Also make sure the heater element is not out of it's mount and too close to the liner. Hope this helps

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