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I have a Maytage bottom drawer, refrigerator freezer. The bottom drawer freezer got noticeably warmer the day before yesterday. Having children, we chewed them out for probably leaving the drawer partially open. Now the freezer has stopped cooling, blowing luke warm/cool air. As expected, the upper refrigerator has stopped cooling as well since it gets its cooling air from the freezer. Was able to predict this after reading some of your posts fortunately saving most of the food. After apologizing to the children, I checked under the bottom and vacuumed the coils. Still not cooling. Every 4 or 5 minutes? I hear a soft humming/buzzing noise for approx 10 seconds from the back of the fridge. Compressor trying to start? Anyway it is not covered under the massive Whirlpool/Maytag recall of late. At least that I could find. Appears the fan is continually running as I feel the breeze in the back of the fridge at all times. What are the steps I need to do to investigate further? Any help is gratefully appreciated. Thanks, Joe in Nashville.

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First you want to make sure it's not under any sealed system warranty call Whirlpool who now owns Maytag if your not sure,but you should be able to find the warranty info in the users manual.
 Otherwise if it's out of warranty you can get it going with a 3in1 start relay from Supco,But you only want to do this if it is out of warranty.It comes with easy to install instructions and will get it going again they run about $20 you can also try the OEM relay/overload kit(you'll need your Model and Serial # to look them up)But more than likely you have a compressor that is going bad and the OEM parts won't start it they also run about $20.
 The 3in1 part has a start capacitor that gives the compressor a boost to get started and will usually buy you another year or two in which to decide if you want to repair this one at 5-600 dollars or look for another one. 
You can find them online or at a local parts warehouse.

http://www.appliancepartscompany.com/xcart/product.php?productid=63475
 

 

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