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    Default Maytag MSD2957AEW refrigerator not cooling

    Great site! My refrigerator side started not cooling after we had to move it last week. We had to take the doors off and unplug it for a few hours. The doors went back on correctly and there are no air leaks. The freezer and the refrigerator were not working well initially and I found the freezer door not closed properly. Then overnight the freezer was functioning well and holding below freezing. Then the refrigerator started warming up.

    I read this site, pulled the back wall out of the freezer and noticed that only the top two sets of the coils and the right side had ice on them, the fan was off and the heaing elements were heating up. I used a hair dryer to defrost the ice completely and put it back together.

    I reassembled the freezer wall and have been letting it cool for the past couple of hours. The air damper in the refrigerator back side behind the drawer is free of ice completely. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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    Hi Lee,

    I read this site, pulled the back wall out of the freezer and noticed that only the top two sets of the coils and the right side had ice on them, the fan was off and the heating elements were heating up.
    Yup, you took the inside back freezer panel off during the defrost cycle. Thats fine.

    When you put your hand in front of the air damper in the refrigerator section, was there alot of cold air coming out?

    I'd say give it 4 more hours, keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible. Then check it again.

    Make sure your condenser coil in the back is clean and the condenser fan is running.

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    The unit cooled and is now not cooling at all on either side. Do you think it is the ADC?

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    Its possible its the ADC board. But usually when that board is bad, you would have a big frost build-up on the inside freezer evaporator coils.

    When it stops cooling does the compressor and fans still run or everything is dead?

    Do you hear the compressor try to start and wont?

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    Default Unit is good now

    I read your reply and not much was happening with the unit. It was pretty quiet. I went to bed and upon awakening this morning, the unit temps are right where they should be and have been all morning. This unit is as we say intermittent. Thoughts?

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    This evening, the fridge is back up in the 50's and the freezer is where it should be.

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    Unfortunately, Intermittent problems are the hardest to diagnose.

    Not sure what to tell you Lee.

    When you notice the refrigerator section in the 50's put your hand in front of the air duct vent inside your refrigerator and see if the air flow has decreased, possibly you may have a intermittent air damper problem.

    Here's the auto air damper assembly for your model:
    Manufacturer's Number: 61005989
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    Jake
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