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M1TXEGMYB01 Maytag fridge not cooling. Adaptive board clicks on/off. Then unit shuts off

mbalish

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Messages
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Location
Florida
Model Number
M1TXEGMYB01
Brand
Maytag
Age
1-5 years
I have spent countless hours researching this issue with no results. So good luck

3 yr old Maytag fridge has stopped cooling completely

It all started a few weeks ago when I noticed a frozen bottle of water in the freezer began to melt and the ice maker stopped trying to make ice. Around this same time the fridge would go into an unusual cycle. A clicking sound was coming from the Adaptive Defrost Control board located in the fridge section, just behind the control dial. The fridge (compressor & fans) would click off & on about 15 times (with about 1 second in between the off & on) and then totally turn off for about 30 minutes. After those 30 minutes, the fridge would start back up again. This strange cycle would happen roughly every 9 hrs ... At this point the freezer was at about 30* and the fridge around 40*

Within a few days the freezer was up to 35* and the fridge 45* ... I removed the back panel and there was a very small amount of ice just on a 3" section near the bi-metal defrost heater and also a thin layer of ice wrapping around the tiny copper coil that comes up from the compressor

I left the fridge unplugged for a few days. A few ounces of water dripped down into the drip tray. After plugging it back in, the compressor and both fans run as they should, but it doesn't cool down at all. After letting it run 24 hrs (and it ran continuously) the fridge & freezer were both at 70* (room temp)

Unpluggged for a few days then tried again. All the components are running like they should, but still no cooling ... I also now hear a sound I've never heard it make before. The sound of water gurgling/dripping in behind the sealed panel, about 4ft up from the ground. There is no water in the drip tray, so it's not a melting issue

Please help
 

Jake

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Location
McMullen Valley, Arizona
Hi,

Ok, if the compressor is running and its not cooling, then that indicates a sealed system problem and from you said here:
I removed the back panel and there was a very small amount of ice just on a 3" section near the bi-metal defrost heater and also a thin layer of ice wrapping around the tiny copper coil that comes up from the compressor
That confirms it.

Normal would be a thin layer of frost on ALL the evaporator coils from top to bottom.

Check your owners manual, some models have a 5 to 10 year warranty on the sealed system.

Jake
 
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