Loose wires on freezer thermostat

ApplianceMaytag Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Nutdriver

michael From houston, TX

Jan 06, 2010

2 out of 3 people found this instruction helpful

I won't buy a Maytag again. The quality of several of my Whirlpool/Maytag appliances is sub-standard, in my opinion. And their service techs/customer service make a lot of excuses.

I had the refrigerator section warmer, not cooling, relative to the freezer section. Using a pro, which didn't help much, cost me an arm, but at least gave me the direction of parts to be replaced and confidence to understand the process design flow. The circuit board. The FZTemp control. Then the freezer heater. Upon getting ready to replace the freezer heater, I noticed that a connector wire on the freezer thermostat connecting the freezer heater was very loose. Though I couldn't tell from visual inspection until I was ready to disconnect the old freezer heater element and install a new one. The heater element is supposed to defrost the freezer coils which were freezing up every 4-6 days. This inhibited the fan from blowing cold air into the refrigerator side. I read to test the freezer heater element by turing the fztemp control, off-on several times force a freezer heater element startup. Which it did once the wires were reconnected. One other bit of advice, I used hot water in a spray bottle to dissolve the ice off the coils. Others used a hot hair blower. Beware the drain pan on the bottom doesn't hold a lot of water.

We'll see how well my fix holds up. Wish me luck!

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