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Defrost for Maytag side by side

I think we are having the same problem with the thermostat/heater.  We have a Maytag side by side MSD2756GEB.  How can we figure out what we need to do figure out the problem than fix it.

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To access the heater circuit you must remove shelves from freezer, defrost the back panel with a hair dryer. Remove screws holding the panel in place and remove the panel. Defrost any ice on coil. This will give access to the heaters and defrost thermostat. If the defrost thermostat is deformed in anyway such as bulging at the molded part the chance is that that is your problem. Reading through the heater circuit with an OHM meter will tell you if the heater(s) are open. If you get an open reading replace the heaters. If this is above your capabilities call a service tech.

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My Maytag side-by-side is a MSD2655HEQ. The coils in the freezer compartment keep frosting over and the refrigerator side quits keeping cool air. I've defrosted the coils with a blow dryer and the...

The defrost circuit in you freezer has failed that is why you have to defrost the coils. The defrost circuit consists of the heater element, the defrost thermostat and the control module. The control module turns off the compressor and powers up the heating element to melt the ice on the coil, after the coil reaches 40 deg F the thermostat cuts off power to the heater. The heating element and thermostat is mounted to the coil. If you have a multimeter and know how to use one, you can check the thermostat and heater. You can check the heating element with a multimeter to see if it has electrically opened. If it has then you will need to replace it. Check also the thermostat, it should be in series with the heater. It should read close to 0 ohms if it is freezing and read infinite ohms if the temperature is above 40F. If the thermostat and heater check out, the problem might be with the control module.

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Defrost problems can cause the fresh food section not to work. You need to find out why it’s not defrosting. There are three things that cause a defrost problem: defrost heater, defrost thermostat and defrost control.

If you have an older refrigerator, it probably has a mechanical defrost control. Find it and turn it clockwise until the refrigerator cuts off. (Note that the defrost control is normally located either in the refrigerator near the cold control or at bottom behind the kick plate). If your refrigerator is newer it will have an electronic defrost control and you won’t be able to turn to defrost so just continue without doing so. Now that it’s in defrost, wait a few minutes. If the defrost heater gets hot, replace defrost control. If it doesn’t get hot, then the problem is either the heater or the thermostat.

At this point, you need to melt the ice. The best way to melt the ice is to use either a hair dryer or by using hot water (this will be faster but will make a mess).

Once the ice is gone, you can check the heater by unplugging wires and using an ohmmeter to check for continuity. If you have continuity, the heater is good and you should replace thermostat. If you don’t replace the heater, at this point you won't be able to check the thermostat but if the heater is good replace it. Defrost parts can be found at

If you have a GE refrigerator made after the year 2000, do not replace the defrost thermostat. Trust me the thermostat is not your problem. 99.9% of the time it will be the heater. Sometimes it is the main board or the thermistor.

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It's possible that the defrost terminator is bad.

If it doesn't have an electronic adaptive defrost control, then the mechanical defrost control is bad.

In the future, avoid ALL appliances that use electronics. They fail very very regularly and are expensive to replace.

Just think if you had a fridge with a TV in it, and the tv went out. Who would you call? A TV repairman or an appliance repairman?

Buy a Whirlpool refrigerator with the least amount of electronics you can get.

Also, there is a door switch that goes to the freezer section. It controls the light and the adaptive defrost. If the switch is bad, that too can cause the problem.

Lastly, do not buy anything made by electrolux corporation (frigidaire is one of them for example).
They have cheap evaporators that leak and can't be fixed, thus causing you to buy a new fridge every year or so.

Hope this helps your problem......

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If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.

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You will need to replace or have the thermostat replaced....


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