Question about Whirlpool 21.0 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator with IceMagic Plus Ice Maker

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Freezer compartment is not staying cold, fan works.

Freezer does not defrost automatically, fan runs, but does not cool down.

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  • docquillen Jul 05, 2010

    The freezer is supposed to defrost automatically but it does not. I defrosted it and plugged it back in. The fan is running but it does not keep ice frozen. Does it need freon or is the thermostat bad?
    Thermostat bad

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If the fan runs but the freezer is not defrosting then its problem of the defrost timer. The timer should work on proper timing and off at proper timing .if the timer becomes short it will remain on for more then required and will remain off when actually required.
the defrost timer is the part which controls the cooling and defrosting in refrigerator .it actually spins as the coldness in the unit. after the temperature reaches to certain coolness it spins back wards and defrosts .if the defrost timer is faulty it will not spin properly and all cooling and defrosting system of the unit will get misaligned. if the timer gets faulty the cooling will reach till over frost and then the fan the coils in the unit will get blocked due to ice built-up and over current will be exerted by the unit to melt that ice. and in this melting ice procedure without defrost timer the unit stops completely .it can effect any section lower or upper or may be both. so the defrost timer at present needs replacement. its like a mini plastic box . color is mostly black or white or creamish . the cost of timer is near to $40.you can get it from
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Does the light inside the freezer work? Or, can you hear a fan, motor, or other sound coming from the appliance? If so, the freezer is still working. Go to the specific problem you are having with the appliance. If not, try adjusting the thermostat to a colder setting. If your freezer still doesn't work, read on. To check to see if power is getting to the freezer, plug a lamp or other device into the same outlet as the freezer. If there's power, check the fuses or circuit breakers. If that's not the problem, contact a qualified electrician to restore power to the outlet. If there's power to the freezer but it still doesn't work at all, there may be a problem with one of these: Wiring Thermostat Defrost timer Compressor Overload and/or relay The problem with your refrigerator can be difficult to pinpoint without a clear indication of a specific defective component. At this point, we recommend that you see help from a qualified appliance repair technician.

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    ikechukwu joshua Jul 05, 2010

    ADAPTIVE DEFROST CONTROL

    The adaptive defrost control assembly is a microprocesser controlled
    defrost timer. This new control allows defrost to occur only when
    needed, compared to mechanical timers which defrost at a preset interval
    whether it is necessary or not. The new control will continually adjust
    defrost intervals based on the amount of time the defrost heater is
    energized. This allows the defrost intervals to be adjusted closer to
    the optimum defrost interval based on use, thus saving energy.

    HOW TO CHECK THE ADAPTIVE DEFROST CONTROL ON MAYTAG
    REFRIGERATORS

    1. Disconnect the unit from the power source.

    2. Open the fresh food door and remove any items on the top shelf.

    3. Remove the light shield and the temperature control housing.

    4. Connect the refrigerator to a wattmeter.

    5. Make sure compressor is running (cold control closed).

    6. Using an insulated number 22 jumper wire short between L1 and Test;
    this will

    put the refrigerator into a defrost for approximately 23 minutes.

    7. The watt meter should read between 500 to 600 watts depending on the

    model.

    Note: If the temperature control is open

    (unit not running and you jumper L1 and

    Test) the unit will cycle through the test

    mode in two seconds and there will be no

    watt draw.




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