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Maytag MSB2354DRW My fridge suddenly stopped shutting on me. If I just pull it a tiny bit it'll pop open. The problem is that the air leaks out and my fridge isn't cold anymore. My hinges appear fine as well..it's just that it doesn't close properly. Also If you shut the door hard enough, it'll close and cool my food a bit better but it still appears to be open a bit from the bottom. Thanks

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If door does not close at all, even if you push you need to replace the door pickoff.
If door stick a bit but does not stay closed you have to replace the door seal.

Here you find all diagrams for your appliance

See also here, there is seal and pickoff for the freezer, you can buy them from this site.

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That is a common problem with over-under units. You can clean or replace the door seal or, tilt the unit back a TINY bit. The door pops open because there is a common airway from the freezer to the fridge. When the fridge door shuts too fast, it pushes a lot of air into the unit. It needs to go somewhere so, it pops the freezer door open. If you shut the freezer hard enough, you will be able to pop the fridge door open.

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I have a Maytag ref. the freezer is working but not the refrigerator. Mod # B1954MES00


The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.

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.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it'll be the control.

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I have a Frigidaire frost proof and it runs but I noticed the other day that it was not cold any longer...(top freezer) I want to know can I put freon in it my self and if so dose it take a special kind?...


No you can't put Freon in yourself.

An older fridge (I'm guessing Grandma's fridge was older) like you describe would probably use R22
R134A is a compatible substitute though.
And you have to be a licensed refrigeration tech to buy the gas.

Anyway, it's most likely a sealed system with no valve for you to put Freon into anyway. And even if you do put Freon in it will leak out again....unless you fix the leak.

Another problem is refrigeration oil is hygroscopic that means it sucks moisture right out of the air, when a fridge has a leak and it still runs air gets sucked in. This sounds like no big deal but because the oil reacts with moisture in the air it creates acid which is now sealed inside with your motor and pump. It will die a slow quiet death as it's windings get eaten by weak sulphuric acid and eventually short out.

You can save Grandma's fridge but it's going to cost you.
If you replace Grandma's fridge you'll get some new hunk of garbage that has tiny pistons that run twice as fast and wear out in 1/4 of the time.
I'm not making that up either, if you make smaller pistons (which they do for less money) and run them twice as fast (which they have to because they displace less) it will wear out in 1/4 of the time ($so you buy more fridges$!)

A real repairman will do the following.

Check the acidity of the oil and replace it if needed.
Pressurise the system to find the leak.
Fix the leak.
Test the fix.
Hook up a vacuum pump and pull a vacuum on the system.
Break the vacuum with refrigerant.
Pump a measured amount of gas into the fridge (weight or pressure measure)
Reseal the system using a torch and solder.
Charge you a lot of money.

A cheat will do the following.

Clamp a needle valve over a copper tube near the motor.
Add gas to the fridge.
Leave the valve stuck to the tube.
Charge you a lot of money.

After the fridge stops working again in a few months or weeks he'll add more gas,
"Good thing I left this valve on here heh heh!"
He'll charge you a little less and leave you thinking you got a "deal" this time around.
The third time it stops he'll come by, hook up a meter and show you the motor is burnt out (remember the acid?)
By the way did he mention that they sell repaired units at the shop for real cheap?
He'll probably unbolt the needle valve after he pronounces your fridge dead.

So the short version is No, and it'll cost you. No matter what you decide to do.

Good Luck...please rate if this helped, I'm trying to move up in the world.

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The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.

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.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it'll be the control.

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MSD2756GEB maytag. freezer is working properly.


The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.

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.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

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put some heavy stuff on the door like soda or water bottles,also wash around the frame where the door gasket touches the fridge and wash the gasket too, there are magnets inside the gasket and if there's anything on the frame it could stop the gasket from making a good seal,how old is the fridge?what shape is the gasket in?if it's torn or lost it's shape it should be replaced.most likely you might just have to get some weight on the door to stop it from popping open

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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.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

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Turn it off. If you keep running it, it will die completely fairly soon. Please feel free to jump to the end if you don't want a fridge science lecture - it might help you figure out the problem though. When a fridge/freezer runs, the condenser (all the tubes at the back) will get warm-hot. That is where the heat goes from inside the fridge. First thing to check; is there excessive heat to remove from the fridge/freezer? Check the door seals are ok - cold air falling out of a bad door seal can make a fridge both cool and warm a room at the same time - which obviously leads to problems Check that the lights inside actually go off when you close the door by pressing the switch that the door usually presses when it shuts, and checking that the door will press the switch as far as it needs to go. Second thing; Check that there is adequate ventilation at the back - remember the ideal situation technically for a fridge is to have the bit at the back outside the house in the shade like an air-con unit. pull the fridge a bit more away from the wall and try blowing a fan onto it. Clean gently with a soft brush any dust etc that is on all the tubes at the back - it can cause an insulating coat to form. If the dust is sticky and hard to shift, then gently use a soft paintbrush and warm soapy water. Third thing; When the amount of refrigerant gas in a fridge system is getting low (they all leak a tiny bit all the time - even without any fault) two main things happen: The fridge gas has a lubricant mixed in with it that keeps the inside parts of the system oiled. when the gas is low, so is the oil and you get the same effect as running a car with no oil - runs hot, then dies. The low gas has an effect inside and outside the fridge - inside, near where the gas first enters the evaporator (the plate in the fridge that gets cold) it will get extra cold. the compressed refrigerant evaporates too quickly - easy way to explain is that there is nothing in front of it in the queue so it runs through too quick. the same thing happens in reverse when the gas goes into the condenser at the back, the gas condenses too quickly making the back very hot. I think, from what you say, that low gas is the problem. Although it is not too complicated, it is illegal for you to do it yourself in most places for environmental and safety reasons - get any fridge repair guy and he can do it and check for leaks at the same time. Hope this helps, and is in time to save your fridge :)

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