Question about Maytag 25.6 cu. ft. Wide-By-Side Refrigerator with PuriClean II Ice and Water
Regarding a Maytag SxS model MSD2756DEW - Although the freezer section seems to working properly, the frig section does not get cool at times and even appears to stop. There are some sounds at times when the refrig appears to start running but not sure if it's a clicking sound. It sounds somewhat like metal being hit and goes on for 5 seconds or so. When the frig decides to stop working, the air duct at the top does not produce any cold air in the frig and in the freezer section there appears to be frost/icing on the top part where the ice maker is (and where the freezer meets the frig). Also, the "temperature control" does not seem to accurately reflect the setting. When the frig stops working, there is no tension to slide the lever to the right for a colder setting but there's a lot of tension to slide the lever to the left especially below #5. We thought the issue occured when the ice maker was turned on but we are not sure. Can anyone help us? I've had a repairman come by but unfortunately the frig started working the day he dropped by. He couldn't diagnose the problem and said it might be a dirty condenser or a compressor...
There is one compressor, condenser and evaporator in all refrigerators. The part that makes the cold inside the unit is the evaporator. It's in the freezer, behind a barrier on the back wall. It's a "coil" with many small fins. There is a fan that blows air over the evaporator which makes the air cold. This air comes from the freezer and stays in the freezer. The cold food section (the refrigerator) has a control that opens a hole for air to pass from the freezer to the fridge. This being said...you can rule out the "temperature control" for the fridge.
The sound you hear could be the compressor relay, the evaporator fan or maybe something else. It could be bad, it could be not too bad. (Like a fan blade a bit unbalanced with dust)
OK,,, back to the evaporator. There is a little heater next to the coil that turns on every 8 hours or so to defrost the coil. That's called the "defrost cycle". Makes sense, no? If the defrost timer (common problem) or defrost control board (common problem) go bad, your evaporator coil freezes up, and that's not good for anything in your refrigerator. But it can often keep the freezer section cold. You can easily disassemble the evaporator cover in the back of the freezer and take a look. If it looks like a block of ice, you probably have a defrost issue. An even, thin coat of frost is OK, but lots of ice is a no no.
Posted on Jun 26, 2008
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