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Maytag Plus Side/Side slow loss of cooling to the Fridge side

This is a 7 year old Maytag Plus Side by Side. The air vent from the Freezer to the Fridge getting blocked with ice over a period of time. Shutting down the complete unit and waiting for the ice to melt is one unacceptable way of solving the issue (until next time) The freezer side shows no sign of problems. I guess the question is what could be causing the ice buildup, I suspect it could be in the electronic controls

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  • Boat Nut Mar 18, 2008

    The only vent we have checked is the upper vent (on the inner wall between the freezer & fridge) the ice builds up where the vent goes through the wall. Furher, there is ice buildup behind the rear freezer panel on the freezer wall (mostly at the bottom around the aluminum coils) the buildup process takes anywhere from 10 days to 30 days and reaches a point where no cold air will transfer from the freezer to the fridge department.

  • Boat Nut Mar 19, 2008

    Thanks for the info.

    Will try this and let you know the results, may take a few days (weeks) to see if ice buildup stops.

  • Ron Coons
    Ron Coons May 11, 2010

    when you say the air vent blocks with ice are you talkin the lower fresh air return or the top air diffuser, an dif bottom is htere any sign of frost on front of lowe rpanel in freezer

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Sounds like your having a defrosting issue. you either have a bad defrost controller, or a bad heater/ defrost themostat.defrost controller more often the culprit

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