Question about Maytag SkyBox MBV1976A Beverage Dispenser

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Stopped cooling. My unit does not appear to be cycling at all, as others on this board have mentioned. I get no motor sounds at all. There is power (lights work) just no compressor noises at all. Any ideas? A service manual would also be an excellent help. Thanks for whatever you can suggest.

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  • markmcwaters Aug 30, 2008

    One other comment about my unit - the fan appears to be running. At least that what it sounds like.


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Just check the relay switch ........if fan runs then mostly problem will be with relay switch better replace it .....

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I just replaced my in-pieces starter relay and thermal switch.

Note I had the same symptoms as other posts of the compressor turning on/off continuously (but no cooling)...I believe what was happening is that the starter relay would allow current to flow to initially start the compressor, but would never stop providing current to it after it had already started (as it should) thus in a few seconds the thermal switch would sense this and trip / remove power to the compressor...then this cycle would start all over once the thermal switch cooled down again and let power back to the compressor...

This kit is evidently the newer style of what is on the original Skybox compressors (functionally speaking)...the new starter relay looks and installs like the old one, but the thermal switch is different and you need to remove the old one (follow the black wire on the top post of the compressor back a little to a small black round thing with a flexible metal piece inside). The good news is that once you remove it, it already has the correct spade lug on the wire to plug directly into the new thermal switch which sits right on the top lug of the compressor above the starter relay.

Note I'm not a service tech, just a Skybox owner who was/is tired of Maytag disowning this product and calling it a "throwaway" when any part of it stops working (and all local authorized service centers laughing when asked to repair one).

Continuing on with my rant a little, I also see other posts on the internet which also state "throwaway" when you actually have a bad compressor because you can't get direct replacements anymore - my friend who does AC work on the side said he most certainly could put another compressor in there from probably just about any other mini-fridge...he just noted that it is a small place to do it so the replacement compressor form factor will have to be considered. He stated you may get a little more or less cooling efficieny but who cares if you really want to keep your machine working that you can't buy anymore (nor get a close alternative).

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Please provide your Model No.


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    Asfiya Ahamed Aug 30, 2008


    You need to replaced the thermostat.

    good luck


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    Ginko Aug 30, 2008

    If it is not cycling and there is notpower at all check the power cord and socket.
    If it stopped completely:
    check to see if the light comes on or if there is any fan, motor, or
    other sound coming from the appliance? If so, the refrigerator isn't
    really completely stopped--go to the specific problem you are having.
    If not, try adjusting the thermostat to a colder setting. If that
    doesn't work, read on.

    Second, check to see if there is power
    getting to the refrigerator. To do that, plug a lamp or other device
    into the same outlet the refrigerator is plugged into. If there's no
    power, check the fuses or circuit breakers. If the fuses or breakers
    aren't the problem, contact a qualified electrician to restore power to
    the outlet.

    If there is power to the appliance but it still seems to be stopped, there may be a problem in one or more of these:

    • Wiring

    • Thermostat

    • Defrost timer

    • Compressor

    • Overload and/or relay"
    If it is on but it is not cooling at all then it is the compressor.

    See more hints from Repairclinic.

    "If the refrigerator isn't cool, you need to answer some questions, then see if the compressor is running.

    First, answer these questions:

    • Is the refrigerator completely dead? If so, see “It's stopped completely.”

    • Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? If not, reset it.

    Next, see if the compressor motor is running

    compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It's
    on the outside of the refrigerator at the back near the bottom. If it
    is humming or making a continuous noise and your refrigerator is still
    not cooling, there may be a more serious problem with one or more of
    several different components, we recommend contacting a qualified
    appliance repair technician for further help.

    If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator, there may be a problem with one or more of these:

  • The compressor

  • The Thermostat

  • The overload, relay, or capacitor

  • The defrost timer

  • The condenser fan motor"
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