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I have a Maytag gz2626gekb side by side and the damper door seems to get stuck due to chips of ice forming around it. It jams on the chips of ice. Ive replaced the damper assy already and still experience the problem. Do you have any ideas? I purchased a jazz board and fitted it but it it came up eith a temp' display of '0' degrees and i couldn't adjust it. The chip on the the jazz board said Jazz 14. The one that i took out says Jazz 15. Obviously the jazz boards aren't universal for all models..any help please. Brendan Australia

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If your air damper door is constantly getting ice forming on it there is a reson for this. This is most oftern caused by an improperly sealed fresh food compartment door gasket, a warped door or improperly adjusted door hinges. Having said that... there can be other causes such as a clogged compartment drain in eaither compartment that forces air to rapidy transfer from one compartment to the other side when one of the doors is opened and the rapid temperature change initiates the rapid air flow and eventual condensation / freezing.

Make sure your compartment drains are clear and the end of the drain tube that terminates in the catch basin under the unit is free of obstructions. (rear fiberboard compressor cover removal required) To cause the rapid air transfer I spoke of above this tube has to be blocked.

If you discover that the compartment drain is clogged with ice.... the only fix / remedy is to perform a manual defrost by unplugging the unit, removing the freezer contents and directing an exteranl fan into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours. The reason for the 2 hours is that should there be ice in the drain funnel the water in the top of the funnel accumulates on top of the ice and insualtes the ice in the funnel from melting so you just have to wait until it warms up over time.

After perforning this manual defrost... use a vacuum to first attemot to remove any debris from the drain tube end and then put the hose on exhaust and direct air into the end of the compartment drain tube to float out any debris from the compartment drain funnel.

One question I have is why are you changing Jazz boards? Do you suspect you have an Automatic defrosting problem?

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