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Maytag skybox stopped cooling Skybox stopped cooling. Sounds like the relay will kick on briefly and then click off. Everything else works. I took the back panel off and could hear the relay clicking on then click right off. You can hear what sounds like water running inside the box.

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  • Mesman Mar 27, 2008

    Where can you find the parts. A local maytag dealer advised me that no parts are available and the skybox is no longer made. Do you know where the parts can be purchased?

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The relay on your box is damaged.. You have to get it replaced.. Not to be tried by a novice but if you have some experience in electronics it can be fixed by you. The relay costs around 75$. Good luck!

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

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    eagle338 Mar 28, 2008

    I just saw this post on another site regarding the same problem.. Read this and decide what you want to do.. Just Thought before you invest any further on this you ma want to read this..

    My skybox quit cooling also, what happened
    to mine is the compressor would not start, I unplugged it, plugged it
    back in, it hummed for a second and tripped a reset, it would just keep
    doing it .I called an appliance tech, which by the way I am on a first
    name basis with on this skybox. He didn't even have to take his coat
    off or open his toolbox to tell me the compressor is shot and it is a
    sealed non-servicable part, and even if it could be fixed it would be
    at a cost more than I paid for the skybox. I called Maytag (Whirlpool)
    hoping they have a guilty conscience over these skyboxes and would
    extend the warranty to no avail. The customer service rep informed me
    that the compressors on these are made by Haier (the cheap Chinese
    refrigerator people) and it was designed as a throwaway unit. So after
    more than $700 invested in this thing over the last 2 years I cut my
    losses, shot it a few times with a 12 gauge and threw it away. Oh by
    the way the tecnician then gave me a bill for a $72,95 service call.

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