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MFI2569VEW1 Maytag Freezer section temp fluctuates -- fix or replace

jim@jljacobsfamily.org

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Model Number
MFI2569VEW1
Brand
Maytag
Age
6-10 years
We have a Maytag French-door Refrigerator Freezer Model MFI2569VEW1 .
It has worked well for us for just about 10 years. Recently, we noticed increased frost in the freezer section and substantial softness in our ice cream (Horrors!).
We just added a wireless thermometer and have seen the temperate reading varying from 8F to 26F inconsistently. The door panel temperature settings have always been 0F for the Freezer and 38F for the Refrigerator section.

We've kept the exterior clean, cleaned the coil, and even had a appliance generalist out to look at it. He did basic cleaning, didn't see a refrigerant leak, and just suggested it was nearing its end-of-life.

Any ideas on additional troubleshooting? Since we've had to replace a washer, a dryer, a dishwasher, and home heat pump all this year, I'd really like to avoid buying another expensive appliance if I can.

Thanks for the help.
 

Jake

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Hi,

Is the entire back panel inside freezer caked in frost to where you CAN'T see the back panel at all in the freezer?

If so you have a auto defrost part that has gone bad.

If not, did the tech. check to make sure the condenser fan motor in the back next to the compressor was running?

Do you hear the freezer(evaporator) fan running inside the freezer?

Jake
 

jim@jljacobsfamily.org

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Good questions...

Hi,

Is the entire back panel inside freezer caked in frost to where you CAN'T see the back panel at all in the freezer?

If so you have a auto defrost part that has gone bad.

If not, did the tech. check to make sure the condenser fan motor in the back next to the compressor was running?

Do you hear the freezer(evaporator) fan running inside the freezer?

Jake
1. NO. Frost build up is on the food, not on the panel at all.
2. The tech. said the "fan was all right". We're not sure what all he checked, but he did state the compressor was running and the fan was okay.
3. NO. There is no sound of a fan running at all inside the freezer.

Thanks for the excellent questions, Jake.
 

Jake

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Ok Jim,

That that fan in the freezer should be running at all times while the refrigerator compressor is running.

I'd test to see if your getting 12 volts DC to it when it should be running.

Evaporator Fan Motor W10850438


You can also ohm test that evaporator fan motor to check it for continuity with a multimeter.

Jake
 
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