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Adaptive Defrost Board

PartSelect Number PS2061226

This part allows the refrigerator to go into defrost mode only when required.

This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Fridge section too warm.
  • Freezer section too warm.
  • Freezer not defrosting.
  • Freezer section too cold.
  • Unusual Noise.
  • Refrigerator runs too long.
  • Will not start.
  • Fridge section too cold.
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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerEarnest from Mabank TX

Would not defrost

removed 7 screws, unpluged themodule then reassembled the unit

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerEdwin from Huntley IL

Refrigerator would not cool freezer worked fine.

At first I had to defrost the radiator unit. I thought the defrost heater and thermostat was bad so I replaced both. A week later same problem. I signed up for your forum and found and exact description of my problem and the possible fix. I ordered the Adaptive defrost unit. I had to remove the light shield which pulled forward and had to push up at rear clips to release. Then removed 3 1/4 screws to drop the light unit. 2 more 1/4 screws to remove the circuit brd (Adaptive Defost unit) and one connector. I re-assembled has worked fine since. Thanks

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  • Adaptive Defrost Board

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench set

CustomerLi from New Hope PA

No cooling in refrigerator

After reading many stories posted on your site, especially the one mentioning the impedance of the heating coil circuit (22 ohms and 240 kohms). I ordered the adaptive defrost assembly from your website and completely defrosted the whole frig and freezer. I removed the cover above the top shelf ( I broke a small piece of the plastic cover in the process inadvertently even though I was very careful). Then I removed the two screws near the two lights on the ceiling, one screw on the back wall, and two others that held the old adaptive defrost assembly in place. When I was installing the new one which came with a plastic two-piece-clapped-together cover, the two old screws that held the old assembly in place appeared to be redundant, since the new cover can be safely clapped in place. The easiest way to install the new assembly is to take the bare assembly out of the cover and connect it with the connector first, then put the cover back on it. Afterwards, I just put everything back in the revered order. One thing I do need to mention is that right after installing the assembly, no influx of cooling air was felt from the opening on the ceiling cover, it lasted for 6-8 hrs until everything became normal. In addition, the thermostat on the top cover needs to be adjusted for several times in the next a few days to reach the intended temperature. This can be monitored by placing a thermometer inside the frig/freezer.

Your website is invaluable for people like me who like to repair things to save money and to enjoy the process of fixing things.

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  • Adaptive Defrost Board

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerInderjeet from Milpitas CA

Freezer icing up and refrigerator not cooling

My refrigerator would stop cooling and some googling led me to the PartSelect page where I learnt why this could be happening. For the first time, I just used a hair-dryer to remove all the ice from the freezer. But when I ran into the same problem about 15-20 days later, I decided to replace the ADP board. I ordered the part from PartSelect and it arrived promptly.

I started out looking into the freezer section for the ADP board, but after spending 15-20 minutes there, realized that the ADP board is in the refrigerator section. Dont make the same mistake. It took me some time to take the top-panel out but the instructions by others were awesome. Another note: the ADP board is on the inner-side (hidden side) of the top panel. So, you have to actually pull down the top-panel after taking out all the screws. Getting the existing ADP board was a little hard as well and I ended up breaking the latch that holds it securely with the connector (but not a problem since I was going to throw the old ADP board anyway).

Overall, I was quite happy to fix this myself. Thanks and kudos to PartSelect for hosting this forum.

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  • Adaptive Defrost Board

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers

CustomerJeff from Stevens Point WI

Refrigerator was warm, freezer was cool

Like the others, pull out the freezer baskets on the bottom of the frezzer and remove the condenser coil cover. If the coils are solid ice, you have a problem with the unit not defrosting properly. Defrost the coils with a hair dryer (takes about 30 minutes) to get you back to a fridge that'll work for a few days until the new adaptive defrost control board arrives. Then follow directions provided by all the others to replace the board.

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  • Adaptive Defrost Board

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerLance from Golden CO

Refrigerator would not cool

If you own a Maytag appliance you need to be a handyman or you will go broke keeping them working. I replaced the defrost element in the freezer compartment after defrosting the coils with a heat gun. This did not fix the problem. I then ordered the defrost assy.,adaptive and installed it.
You have to take out the plastic cover in the top of the refrigerator then the screw in the back of the fridge and the two screws in the top by the light bulbs. Then pull the assembly down and the unit is in the top right hand side. Pull it out and install the new one. Everything seems to be working until something else breaks and it will.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

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CustomerMichael from Milton MA

The fridge would not stay cold. The freezer was working correctly, but there was a lot of ice build up on the rear inside wall.

Pull the cover of the top assembley in the fridge forward. remove the screws holding the assembly to the roof of the fridge. The Adaptive Defrost Assy circuit board is locadeted in th reare right hand side.

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  • Adaptive Defrost Board

Level of DifficultyDifficult

Time to do repair:More than 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerSteve from Spokane WA

My side by side refrigerator stopped running.

The ice cubes started to melt, the water ran down the ice chute and closed the fountain switch which is usually open untill a glass is pressed against it. This caused the ice door solenoid to overheat. It melted the front fountain case it was mounted in and also the plastic ice door mechanism lever was attached to. In fact it even pushed through and melted the back panel case into the styrine insulation. Then at some point, certain components on the fountain control board must have fried out (evidenced by blackening) effectively turning off the power to the melting solenoid and it probably stopped a fire from resulting.
I read somewhere on the internet that 90% of the time, all it takes to start a Gurger that quits is a whack to the temp control inside the fridge compartment. So I tried it and my fridge started right up. What a neat trick! It also said to get a new Cold Temp Control asap because once the contacts stick, they're going to continue to stick. I also ordered all the parts I needed for the fountain repair through PartSelect.com.
I kept my old Gurger running for 3 days by whacking the Cold Temp Control, but now realize that the practice should be classified as a qwick diagnoses method only and not a temporary fix because guess what's mounted right beside the Cold Temp Control under the panel case? Yes - you guessed it (but I didn't)! The fabled and much dreaded ADCB, or "Adaptive Defrost Control
Board"!
After three days of getting whacked, the contacts in the relay mounted on the ADCB gave up the ghost.
After removing the ADCB, I shook it and the relay rattled loudly indicating it was shot. Jump wiring the Cold Temp Control at this point was useless. I should have jump wired the cold temp control to begin with, and pluged and unpluged my old gurger to keep it running while waiting for parts.
While diagnosing the ADCB (with the Cold Temp Control jumped, closed) I noticed I had power on both wires to all motors (circulation fan, evaporator fan, and compressor) which very effectively keeps them from running, and that's what led me to suspect the relay on the ADCB.
The hardest part to installing the Cold Temp Control and the ADCB is putting the large mounting panel back into the top inside of the fridge. Connecting the harness connectors and getting all the wires back in their routing positions while also fitting the temp probe through the hole in the side of the compartment and also the lead to the probe back into it's routing position so that everything fits before the panel can be reattached.
My old regurgertator has been running perfectly now since I put in the new controls, however the fountain control board is still back ordered. When I get it and reassemble, believe me, I will be using plenty of silicon caulking to shield that ice/water contact switch .... somthing somebody at Maytag should of thought of. And as long as they're thinking, why not put some mounting space between the Cold Temp Control and the ADCB so we can whack it in an emergency, and why not make both controls easily serviceable? I'll be looking for these things in the next Gurger I buy. Hope this helps with yours.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerMichael from Chesterfield VA

Freezer cold, refrigerator not cooling

First I removed the top shelf and its contents to allow for more room. Then I removed the plastic temperature control housing by tugging housing forward and releasing it from the two clips located at the upper rear corners of the fridge. Then pull down. Then I removed the three screws holding the entire temperature control assembly and dropped it down to access and remove defrost assy. Installed new defrost assy. and re-assemble in reverse. Change light bulbs before replacing final housing. Also, a good time to clean housing interior before re-installing.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

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CustomerDebra from Cypress TX

Fridge too warm. Coils frozen

I followed the videos supplied for the two parts. Everything looked exactly as he described in the videos. Took about an hour. Some patience required for the Adaptive Defrost Timer...just a bit tedious to get the cover off and the area released from the top of the fridge.

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Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:More than 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerJohn from Fair Lawn NJ

I had ice building up inside on the bottom of my freezer and a buzzing sound coming from inside the fridge towards the top right

After doing some reading on the internet, someone had mentioned that the drain hole in the freezer might be clogged. Of course, I did not know where to look exactly. I heard the buzzing sound one day and opened the fridge. I placed my hand right under the area that was concealed and isolated roughly (by touch) where the noise was coming from. I started to pull off the cover where the water filter was and started unscrewing with a nutdriver and screwdriver about 5 to 6 screws until I loosened things enough to get the cover off partially. I felt a part and also found a diagram of the fridge. The part felt hot to the touch. After looking at the diagram, I realized that it was the adaptive defrost timer making the noise. I decided to order the part because it was worth it to try fixing and while everything was open, I figured I'd change all the light bulbs as well. Luckily, I have another fridge in my basement and moved all food to that fridge. I unplugged the troublesome fridge and let it defrost. I also removed all the shelves from the freezer and fridge so they could be cleaned. I did not take any pictures, so it took me a while to put them back when it was time. I also located the evaporator in the freezer section. I had to unscrew the back cover to get to it. I noticed that that area behind the cover was also iced up, so I found the source. Sure enough, the drain plug was clogged and water started to accumulate. I unscrewed the evaporator from the top and sheet metal pan from the bottom and removed the pan. I opened up the bottom rear of the fridge so I could located the drain hose and drip tray it fed into. I noticed the pan was totally dry. I removed the hose from the drain plug and stuck an awl from the bottom of the plug going into the freezer and finally dislodged whatever dust and grime was in there and the water started coming through. I then took a can of compressed air and shot it into the drain plug. I also shot compressed air onto the condenser and fan to clean things up a bit (make it a little easier for the condenser to release its heat). I reinstalled the drain hose and ran some white vinegar from the inside. It flowed nicely into the pan. I dried everything up. I also decided that this was the perfect time to clean the fridge and all of its components on the inside (it is a side by side - so both the freezer and fridge area). This took some time, especially disassembling the drawers. At the end, after replacing all bulbs except the 2 small ones by the control area, I removed the old adaptive defrost timer and it took me a good 15 minutes to line up the new one. The new one is bigger than the old one and also encased. I had a hard time getting the plug on since it was hard to see. I was putting this in while the control section was hanging down at a 35 degree slant. Room was limited. I managed to connect the plug and then had to position the ADT so it would fit in its spot perfectly. Only then was I able to put the screws that hold it there. It needed to sit perfectly in there, which it did. I changed the 2 bulbs and put everything back together. Of course, in the middle of all this, I had a video on your site explaining how to remove the control panel and install the ADT. Pretty funny stuff. Pretty much did it the same way. Getting the cover off is a little difficult because the back left corner gets caught even when you pull down on it. It took me a while to realize where the cover was getting stuck. Nevertheless, I finished the repair and the fridge seems to be working great for now. I am keeping my I on it. I haven't heard any buzzing noises and no ice has built up on the bottom of the freezer yet. In fact, this is the quitest my fridge had been for a long time. Hopefully, it was last a few more years. Knock on wood.

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerDarci from Eastvale CA

Freezer icing up, but not cooling in refrigerator

I followed the video that is posted on the site. It went exactly as it described, and was very straight forward and fairly easy to do.

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  • Adaptive Defrost Board

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerWayne from Somers CT

Refrigerator section was getting warm, due to frosted coil in freezer section.

I actully did two replacements at one time. I replaced the defrost heater and thermostat plus the adaptive defrost. I chose to replace both as I had no way of diagnosing which was the problem (excecept for the heater of course). Firstly make sure you keep track of where the screws come from when you disassemble the plastic and metal panels. Once the coil is defrosted in the freezer, it is easy to remove the panel covering the coil, then it is very easy to remove and replace the thermostat and heater. Just be careful to route the wires the same way as the origional configuration and do not force anything near the coil evaporator coil as it is only aluminum. The adaptive defrost component is simple to change out, the hard part is to CAREFULLY remove the plastic panels under which is located the adaptive defrost. Again, remember where the screws go and how the parts go together. The video for changing out the adaptive defrost is extremely helpful. Patience, patience and more patience is required when fooling with the bits of plastic. Allow plenty of time to do the project and do not rush. All of the parts go together like a jig saw puzzle but are very logically assembeled. Good Luck, I saved about $300 in doing these fixes my self.

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

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CustomerBrian from San Angelo TX

Fridge and freezer was warm

It started out as intermediate warming in the fridge...Then obviously it went out..getting the cover off in the fridge compartment was trying..after several attempts it slid right out..Guess I made just the right face..I heat gunned the frozen up cooler in the freezer to get to the heat coil and remove the built up ice...swapping the parts was very easy...I watched the videos from the order page.. The temp rod was not turning the gear..I thought that the teeth on the rod were broken..It turned out that the gear had moved up and was not touching the rod.. I pushed it back in place and that took care of that problem.. I did not have to replace the rod..This sure is a great site to get your parts and the repair videos are the best..Thanks guys..Best advice...Take your time getting the fridge cover off... I got frustrated and walked away several times....When it did finally popped out it just slid right out easily..

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  • Adaptive Defrost Board

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerLinda from Edgewater FL

The refrigerator was worming up while the freezer was at zero.

I called a local Appilance Co and the responding repair man stated Oh ! a Maytag that is a big problem. This unit has a Mother Board in the top of the Refrig. that is costly and very difficult to replace. When questioned he stated that the part had to be ordered and would not be in for (5) days at a repair cost of replacement and labor or $296.00 The best advice he gave me was to put this unit to the curb as it was shot. I asked him about this so called Mother Board ie (The Brain) and he said they ordered this on line BINGO !I contact you service department spoke with a very fine and concerened rep. and he advised me correctly and the part was ordered. Wow! delivery with in 24 hours with out and special pricing just regular ground Fed. Ex. I watched the Video you company had posted of the removal and install of the new 3 x 3 1/2 by 3/4 in. plug in part and with the video insturctions is was more then simple. Total time less then 10 minutes. Thanks ever so much for everything. By the way Mr. Repair man service was charge was $79.95 for 5 minutes of bad advice. Total cost of repair with you was $64.00 the repairmans advice not priceless but a lesson learned. So for all those persons out there take time to investigate on this web site before waisting your money needlessly. This was a great experience with this company, video and sales rep. Keep up the good work, Oh another thing with is the boyfriend writing at did the above but a female would had done the same and as we know they usualy have more ability when it comes to time consuming work.

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