Freezer working-refrigerator too warm

ApplianceMaytag Refrigerator

ModelMTF2156GEW

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Pliers
Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Phyllis From Gold Hill, OR

Aug 19, 2007

19 out of 21 people found this instruction helpful

Luckily, this Maytag refrigerator is only used for sodas and beer and so I had time to tinker with it. By the way, I am a 64 yr old retired woman. First of all, I took the back off and vacuumed everything. Then I emptied the freezer, removed the ice-maker, and removed the back panel. It was solid ice around the thermostat area and down in the vent between the freezer and refrigerator. A little time and a hair dryer resolved the ice problem. I thought the problem was the thermostat, so I ordered a new thermostat from PartSelect.com for the freezer, and it came a couple days later. I installed that (it just snaps in) and ran it overnight, but no success. After reading many blogs on the internet, I checked the fan motor, which blows the air from the freezer to the refrigerator, to see if it was getting power with a small voltmeter. It was, but was not working. I ordered a new fan motor from PartSelect (I was a little confused by series number, but finally found which one to order), and it arrived a couple days later. Taking out the fan required removing a couple of screws and unclipping the wiring, then pulling the old fan off the old motor and putting it on the new motor, then putting everything back the way it was. As soon as I plugged it back in, the fan started blowing right away, so I knew that I had resolved the problem. I bought a thermometer for checking freezer and refrigerator temps, and they are perfect with the settings for both on "5". So now I consider myself a Maytag repairman, uh, woman.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Evaporator Fan Motor (Now subbed to Evaporator Fan Motor)

Part Number: PS2061178

$97.16
In Stock