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I have a Maytag french door/bottom freezer refridgerator. The electric in my house went out a few weeks ago. That was repaired and I was told that the neutral wire to my house had gone out. That was fixed. Now my freezer works, but the fridge does not. I HAVE replaced the evaporator fan! Help

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  • ooholly726 Sep 29, 2009

    Model # MFF2557HES

  • ooholly726 Sep 29, 2009

    I have a Maytag french door/bottom freezer refridgerator. The electric in my house went out a few weeks ago. That was repaired and I was told that the neutral wire to my house had gone out. That was fixed. Ever since my freezer works, but the fridge does not. I HAVE replaced the evaporator fan! Help

    Model # MFF2557HES

  • ooholly726 Sep 30, 2009

    The fan was not functioning so I ordered a new one and had it installed. Now this fan is not being told by the fridge to turn on. When the fan is out we hot wired it to make sure it was good and it ran. When it is in the freezer it is not turning on. I was wondering if there is a sensor or something that tells the fan to come on? What makes the fan turn on besides temperature? Maytag french door bottom freezer. MFF2557HES

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Ooholly, There is a relay that tell the fan to start when the temp rises above a preset level. May be that your relay has gone due to the elcetrical outage.

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The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.


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If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.
The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can’t flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

If the defrost thermostat is bad it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won’t turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
With an ohm meter it should show continuity when cold and none when warm.
You can also bypass the thermostat to see if the heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs replaced.

The defrost heater is located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if it’s bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for voltage when it’s in the defrost mode.

If you have a defrost timer you can test it. It can be located under the fridge behind the kick panel on the front. Some are in the fridge with the controls at the top. You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer because that means the timer is not running. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

If you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer, replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is located in the fridge with the controls in some models and on the back in others.

If you need help finding your model number see here> http://www.appliancepartspros.com/modelnumber_locator.aspx

To locate your timer, motherboard, control or adaptive defrost control , enter your model number and search for the part or post back on Fixya.
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Please reply with the exact model # for help with this troubleshooting.
THANKS!

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