MAYTAG Refrigerator tm-1 Bought in 2000
Both of the inside lights have burned out. Putting in new bulbs does not work. It appears that there is a swiTch for each light that I think shuts off the light when the door is closed. This switch is about 1/2 inches long and won't come down. Am I anywhere close in describing what happened for a MAytag Top Mount TM-1
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We had this problem and found that the Printed Circuit Board will burn out very easily. On ours the light bulb inside the door blew causing the PCB to fail. (no joke) I was quoted $315 for a new PCB. If you look on the internet you will find that a class action suit resulted in a cash settlement for Neptune owners in Canada. We also had problems with a Maytag side by side refrigerator. Same thing, a Printed Curcuit Board blew. Whirlpool now own Maytag, they are no longer reliable. We replaced the Neptune washer and the refrigerator. Look on the internet for comments about different appliances from consumers. Don't waste money on Neptune repairs, a new machine will cost less in the long run.
Inside the refrig section at the top about 2" in from each side in the back , there are "D" slots to put a finger in , and pull downward and foreward , to remove the control panel cover . Once removed , there is a 1/4" screw on each side holding the adjustment indicator panel on , 1 phillips screw behind both light bulbs , and 1 screw holding the complete panel to the rear wall . After removing these 5 screws , at the top right corner , with about 6-8 wires going to it , is the adaptive defrost board . Sometimes you can see the electronic board and on newer refrig's , a white box will be seen. Inside this box , is the adaptive defrost control
the bulbs may look good but try a new one or just try tighting them into the sockets tighter. this is a common problem . the rubber prevents the bulb from going in all the way .. silcone grease on the bulb base.. mm
If the freezer is cold and the refrigerator is warm, the unit is probably not going into defrost. Remove the back inside of the freezer and see if all frosted up. If so thaw with a hair dryer and replace the adaptive defrost assembly located inside the back of the refrigerator section. Up on the ceiling of the ref where you adjust the temp. remove thc cover by putting your fingers in the back holes and pull forward. Make sure the ref is unplugged. Remove two 1/4" head screws in the front and two phillip head screws by the lights. One 1/4" head screw straight in the back. The defrost timer is located in the far right corner. A small board 2 to 3" square. It will unplug and is probably screwed in.