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I have a Maytag refrigerator. The temperature light on the freezer is blinking with an alarm at 18 degrees. The refrigerator is ok at 38 degrees. I removed the ice buildup. I hear the compressor running. What could this be

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Anonymous

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Does freezer back wall have ice build up ? if so a defective heater is the most likely problem

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

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Mark

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SOURCE: GE Profile Refrigerator (Model #20) w/freezer on the bottom

If the problem disappears (for a while) when the freezer reaches 32F, then I know what the problem is.

The GE Profile refrigerators (and likely other models as well) often don't defrost properly, especially in humid climates. So they can develop ice buildup internally, especially if the air vents at the back of the freezer are blocked by frozen food. Once that happens, that ice can interfere with the cold air circulation booster fan that runs when the freezer temperature is too warm. Then you get a LOUD buzzing noise from the fan blades, as they bang into the ice.

The immediate "solution" is to be sure nothing blocks the air vents, and then to melt the ice that interferes with the fan. You can turn the fridge off for a while (with the food removed so it doesn't spoil), and/or get a hair dryer and heat the inside back of the freezer, until the ice melts and falls away from the fan. (Just be careful not to block the nozzle of the hair dryer, or it may burn out from overheating!)

But the ultimate solution is to buy another refrigerator, one that is NOT a GE! And that makes me sad, because GE used to make GREAT refrigerators. My last GE refrigerator is nearly 20 years old, and still works well, and it does so QUIETLY.

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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SOURCE: 16 month old GE Profile

see if the back wall inside of freezer have ice if so you have to change tiker board or check your doors if closing

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: Bosch Refrigerator ice forming in vegetable drawer

Emptied drawers and cleared the drain hole. Drawers were then refilled BUT MADE SURE THAT THEY WERE NOT OVERLOADED

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: freezer won't freeze, but refrigerator section

one problem i had was the condensor fan had stopped working because it was clogged up with ice buildup, check and make sure the fan is not iced up, once a year i have to unclog ice from the condensor fan which located behing the white panel, which you unscrew and you can get a visual on this fan. my freezer would stop working but the fridge part was fine. something as small as that was causing this problem for me.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

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