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Maytag Refrigerator Not Cooling Well


Name: Rose  City:

Question: Our Maytag refrigerator will only cool to between 45 and 50 degrees F. I've adjusted to the coldest setting; after several hours still no change. The freezer is working well. What might be wrong? Is this going to be a huge expense?


Name: rick, rick's appliance service | Date: August 3, 2004, 5:47
Answer: whats the model number, is it a sxs or top freezer, do you have ice cream in freezer and is it frozen?


Name: Rose | Date: August 3, 2004, 6:48
Answer: It's aq Maytag RTT1900DAE. Top freezer and yes, the freezer is working fine. Ice cream is frozen. I have checked the door seal (it's fine) and have vacummed from underneath and around the compressor (which i do periodically anyway).


Name: rick, rick's appliance service | Date: August 3, 2004, 10:15
Answer: The cold is made in the freezer and the freezer fan blows the cold air into the refer compartment. If the ice cream is hard that means compressor and freezer is working fine. The freezer control is mearly a door that determines how much cold air enters the refer compartment. Try adjusting the freezer control to a lower setting which will open the door more to the refer section. You can feel the cool air entering the refer section at the top and in the back of refer compartment, look for a vent. Turn freezer control up and down and you should be able to feel a difference in air flow. The freezer fan needs to be running to be able to perform this procedure. If turning the freezer control down to a less cold position doesn't make it colder in refer after a day or two you may have a defrost problem developing. Also check to make sure the light shuts off when door is shut, the light will keep it warm in refer.


Name: Rose | Date: August 3, 2004, 12:22
Answer: Thank you. I did as you said. I'm not sure there was much difference in the air flow as I adjusted the freezer control, it was hard to discern. However I did turn the freezer down and will wait to see. It actually was higher than it needed to be. I'll post again tomorrow to let you know if that worked. And yes, the light shuts off when the door closes. Thank you. I'm hoping you've saved me a repair bill!


Name: Rose | Date: August 4, 2004, 12:06
Answer: As it turned out there was a defrost problem. So 100 dollars later, everything's cool (literally). Thank you for your help and advice. I did learn something from you about where to set the freezer and refrigerator controls - definitely useful information. Once again - thanks!


Name: DI | Date: August 15, 2004, 10:01
Answer: maytag side by side refrig has ice building up on bottom of freezer compartment what's up??


Name: shell | Date: September 10, 2004, 13:52
Answer: You can repairman and replace thermstat and heat, I guess


Name: kenmore | Date: October 12, 2004, 21:38
Answer: its not cooling


Name: Aparna | Date: November 16, 2004, 7:40
Answer: Hi all, We recently moved to a new house. A MAYTAG refrigerator came along (7 years old). it worked fine for two days after we moved to the new house. Later it had a problem. It is not getting cold at all. There seems to be a sound in the Freezer compartment and we thought that the compressor is working. But it is not cold and a bit warm/hot in both the freezer and the refrigerator. We don't know where the problem is. We switched it off one day and then set it again. But it is the same. Actually one day we opened the freezer and saw that an ice cream can was broken, also a strawberry bag became liquid and we were wondering if this leaked into some inner parts of compressor and causing problems. Can anyone help us figure out the problem? Thanks Aparna


Name: d | Date: December 1, 2004, 14:54
Answer: probably the fan in the freezer, it has to be working to throw cold air to the fridge.