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Freezer is cold, but refrigerator is warm

Hi. My Maytag side by side freezer / refrigerator has suddenly broken down. Model MZD2766GEW, 6 years old.

The freezer is at 0 degrees F, but the refrigerator section is at 60 degrees F. This happened suddenly. No vents seem to be clogged. The lights are on and I hear something like a fan runnning on the freezer side. Does this mean that something like a fan that should be moving air from the freezer side to the refrigerator side has stopped functioning, and if so what do you think that it would take to fix the problem? I can't get service outside of my own working hours, so I would like to attempt it myself this evening if feasible. Thanks! Andy, in Carrboro, NC

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  • aseligman Aug 21, 2008

    The person that I chatted with also suggested that this might be the problem and I am in the process of defrosting the refrigerator. Another possibility that he suggested might be a bad refrigerator thermostat. Thanks!

  • aseligman Aug 22, 2008

    I defrosted the refrigerator for about 12 hours and that seemed to fix the problem. I can now feel some air coming out of the vent on the refrigerator side, whereas before hardly any air came out. The temperature on the refrigerator side has dropped to the low 40s. I am going to defrost again, this time for 24 hours, to make sure that all of the frost in the ducts has melted. Thanks Fixya gurus! Andy



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Same problem on a maytag freezer top model. The coils in back of the freezer compartment totally iced up (you have to take the cover off it to fully see it, but icing is pretty obvious even without the cover off...). The defrost timer was rotating OK (you can see it through a hole next to the temp controls; I marker it and watch it for 15 min to verify its moving ...)... Turned out the problem was the defrost element; it showed no continuity and a crimp electrical connection to one the element ends had failed (maybe poor manufacturing). Managed to mouse an OK connection with soldering gun and gooped some hi-temp silicone over it. Its still working OK a month later anyway.

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Sounds like you have a defrost problem... is there a large build up if frost in the freezer section on the back wall??

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

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    Gary Davd Aug 21, 2008

    What is your email i found a tech notice on the problem i will send it to you

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    Gary Davd Aug 22, 2008

    But you really have not solved the problem.....there are 3 parts to a defrost ststem a timer a heater and a thermodisc one of these items is bad if you are getting th frost build up and if you dont find which one is bad after a week or so it will just frost up again.



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