20 Most Recent Maytag 15 cu. ft. / 425 liter Upright Freezer MQU1556A Questions & Answers


After moving to a new home, the freezer keeps

My first instinct is to ask you, are you plugging this freezer into a GFI outlet, one which has a breaker switch as part of the outlet? If so, that is the culprit and not the freezer, as refrigerators and freezers will often trip this ground fault indicator because water can on occasion reach ground, which causes the breaker to trip on the outlet.

Test this by plugging the freezer into a non GFI outlet for longer than a few days. Nothing is broken and you dont need refrigerator repair service.
1/6/2015 9:28:10 PM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Jan 06, 2015

I have a maytag upright freezer. It is on the

check to make sure door seals are touching the frame all round, could be an air leak,also make sure there is no ice build up around the inside casing. if so fully defrost unit,clean all vents/drain pipe, then turn back on and leave it for 24hrs (freezers work beast when full).....and door shut..how many times have you closed door after them????
1/8/2014 10:25:08 PM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Jan 08, 2014

Freezer very cold, no air going into fridge it warm ANY SUGESTION

hi there,

check the blower fan inside evaporator,there is fuse on the back side of your refrigerator for cooling fan,check on this using multi tester if busted replace fuse.
1/8/2014 8:16:41 PM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Jan 08, 2014

What is the highest temperature

If you mean the lower temp. for the freezer, is between 0f to 16f.
11/15/2013 7:31:05 AM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Nov 15, 2013

Maytag upright freezer (MQU1556AEW L1)top shelf

my maytag freezer not wotking correctly, the top shelf not cold, I bought a meat and tryed to put it on the top shelf, unfortunately, my meat went to the garbage and just the botttom shelf takes time to freeze, better than the top shelf
any help ?
10/18/2012 4:07:32 AM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Oct 18, 2012

It is running but is


Compressor is one reason why your freezer may not get cold. The compressor which is usually found at the back of the freezer helps to pump out gas/ cold air and the fan circulates this cold air in the freezer. If this compressor is knocked/defective, the freezer won't cool. Also, gas in the compressor sometimes get's finished and needs to be refilled. So, the compressor needs to be checked in a situation like this.

Fan problem is one of the most common reasons for the freezer to start failing, this is called "frost free failure." Ice can build up on the evaporator coils over time, and this ice builds up until it starts blocking the fan. The fan is responsible for circulating cold air throughout the freezer, so if it is blocked the freezer will not be able to freeze any food. You can usually check this by removing an access panel in the back of the freezer to inspect the coils. If ice is built up on the coils, a hairdryer can assist in defrosting them.

It's also possible that the fan is not running at all. If the fan is burned out or the motor isn't running, cold air can't circulate through the freezer and everything will melt. You can normally hear the fan motor switch on and off from time to time. Listen for it and if you can't hear it coming on for an extended period of time, the motor may need repair or replacement. The wires connecting to the fan may be the problem, preventing the fan from receiving electricity.

Several other problems could be keeping your freezer from freezing:

There could be leaks in one or several of the hoses in the refrigerator, which results in the cold air being lost instead of circulating properly throughout the fridge and freezer.

If you have the freezer so full that the cold air can't circulate, your food will thaw even though the freezer isn't malfunctioning. Always leave some space open in the freezer and try to not store food right up against the cooling vents.

The thermostat might have shorted out, which means the freezer can't accurately determine how cold it is. If this is the case, the refrigerator would probably not be working, either.

If your defrost drain becomes clogged, the water in the line will just refreeze over and over again, which could damage the lines as well as the fan. Always check the drain and make sure no sludge is building up in it if you have a self-defrosting refrigerator.

Always try to keep the freezer door closed for long periods of time. The more the door is opened, the more warm air is let in and cold air is released. If the door is opened frequently, the freezer could be warming faster.

I hope the above helps.....

For further assistance, please let me know.

9/15/2011 5:23:15 PM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Sep 15, 2011

I had no problems with


Many times a freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong.

If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor

Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay

Refrigerator or Freezer not Cooling or Getting Cold


1/13/2011 1:22:08 PM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Jan 13, 2011

I don't have an owners manual and want to know

Click Here for your user manual=> MQU1556AEW.pdf The settings for defrost should come automatically every 12 hours. You may test the defrost timer that appears to be behind the kick plate at base and front bottom of refrigerator by removing the kick plate first and using a flathead screwdriver turn slowly clockwise until compressor stops. After a few minutes you should be able to hear a crackling noise or sizzle by opening the door and listening. Leave the timer like that for up to 35 minutes and if the freezer does not start on its own the the timer is not working properly and will need replaced. Click Here=> MQU1556AEW Unit parts number 15 in photo is defrost timer. The defrost timer is part number=> 4357124 Defrost Timer Check for air leaks around door seal as this will cause the same symptoms. If by chance the defrost timer works and the defrost does not then let me know here or here=> Appliance 911 The only other parts are the defrost heater number 16 in photo MQU1556AEW Unit Parts and part number for defrost heater is Click Here=> 8201749 If you change the defrost heater it is always good to replace the defrost thermostat number 18 in MQU1556AEW Unit Parts The defrost thermostat is part number=> 1-81801-001 The most likely problem is the defrost timer but I needed to cover every possibility. If you have questions please feel free to ask, Thanks, Sea Breeze

10/10/2010 6:42:23 AM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Oct 10, 2010

Ice forms on inside bottom of freezer

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8/15/2010 10:19:57 PM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Aug 15, 2010

I had some meat go bad in my freezer. I've

just spray it with 75/25 bleach/water it will kill any germs/smells....
also syringe the drain hole with bleach.(you only needed to wash out with clorine bleach and let it dry to totally clean the unit....)
7/31/2010 10:11:23 AM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Jul 31, 2010

My upright freezer is freezing

The water flows to the front because the evacuation hole at the back is blocked by dirt - clean it.
There are 2 possible causes for your freezer's problem:
1 - the coolant circuit is leaking and the fluid is lost = the freezing capacity is slowly dissapearing and will be totally gone very soon. Now it's still freezing at the bottom because the cold air is heavier then the hot air and settles down.
2 - the valves/thermostat commanding the circuit for the upper freezer are defective and they don't sent coolant to it = the upper freezer is not operational.
In either case a pro must inspect and repair the unit, this isn't what an average customer can fix.
7/29/2010 3:26:35 PM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Jul 29, 2010

Water is accumulating in the bottom of the freezer

The drain for the water to get away when defrosting is frozen shut...
Checkout this tip to help you..

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5/27/2010 3:24:13 AM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on May 27, 2010

Freezer goes in cycles - some days it freezes fine

Is your circulating fan working?
Sometimes they stick and need a shot of WD 40 and then work
it back and forth a little until it wants to take off again. Keep me informed
and PLEASE give a Thumbs Up for the effort. The Raz Shack
4/21/2010 8:31:25 AM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Apr 21, 2010

My freezer only freezes at the bottom

My freezer only freezes at the bottom
2/15/2010 10:49:19 PM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Feb 15, 2010

My upright freezer is making a loud screaching

If you have the model number you posted under, you are looking at replacing the evaporator fan motor, which would be a part number 4309014 for that Maytag MQU1556A. It is located inside the freezer, behind the lower back wall.
6/22/2009 8:59:04 PM • Maytag 15 cu.... • Answered on Jun 22, 2009
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