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Two year old Maytag Fridge not cooling

Model MTB2656GE is not cooling. 2years old. light inside comes on so power is to the unit. Fans inside not coming on. Stuck in a defrost cycle? Don't know how to unstick it. Seems too new to have a major component go out. Are there fuses somewhere that could be out? Could there be a thermostat problem? Thanks for your time!

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Pull the power plug for 15 minutes, then plug back in...same problem? tried adjusting temperature control knob (thermostat)? if yes to both questions, freon has escaped out of loop or faulty thermostat. Attempt force start of compressor with jumper clips: pull the power plug then find the two wires into motor and apply 120 VAC from jumper clips. If it spins, then faulty thermostat.

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Stopped cooling == all lights are on but no cooling in the freezer or fridge sections = has not been used for 2 years

My guess... without the aid of a model number, make or year... is FIRST going to be the power switch is in the "OFF" position.

lights will be on... but nary a fan nor compressor will make any noise (a major compressor failure would NOT be so peaceful).

If it was a similar configuration to my old Amana (SBDE20)
the switch is actually out of sight behind the floor grill
(on the front of the box that contains the Power Board).

THE Other two possibilities...

1. You are stuck in defrost cycle a defective defrost TIMER

2. Stuck defrost cycle due to defective POWER-BOARD.

1 & 2 ARE mutually exclusive... if you have a POWER BOARD... you DO NOT have a defrost timer and vice-versa.

Here's to hoping you spot that power-switch right away.

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The thermostat also controls juice to the major components. If it is faulty no electricity is fed to the motors.

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Here is a run down of a call i did a few monts ago please read this fully ok
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