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Maytag MSD2356AEW refrigerator freezing up

About 5 years ago the coil on my Maytag MSD2356AEW refrigerator was freezing up & I was told I needed a defrost board. I have been manually defrosting it with a hair dryer about once a year since. But in the past 3 months it has gotten very frequent & now it pretty much won't last more than a week. I think there are more issues now, like refrigerant or another part. I don't want to just start replacing parts though & I can't really afford a tech right now. What can I do or check?

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  • tstillwater Oct 08, 2009

    Sorry. No we did not actually replace the board. So it obviously still needs to be done. I'm just thinking there is more to it than that now.

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You did not clarify , if the board was changed or not . You only have 2 parts to the defrost system , as the defrost heater AND bimetal , come togather . I would start with the heater/bimetal part first .
Pt number 61006198 Heater and bimetal
Pt number 61005988 Adaptive defrost board

The bimetal , is the 1" cylinder , clipped to the top of the coils , and heater , at the bottom of the coils .

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  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith Oct 08, 2009

    If you manually defrosted only once a year , then that couldn't have been the problem in the first place . A refrig has to defrost at least once or twice a day or the evaporator will frost up , causing non- cooling in the refrig section . Minimum of once every 2 days . So , if you defrosted only 1 time a year , then , either one of the parts could be bad now .

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