Freezer freezing up.
Answer Hello Roy. It sounds like you may have a defrost problem with the unit. Check and see if there is any frost build up on the evaporator coils in the freezer. If so, you will need to test the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat. They should read closed for continuity when cold. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. I will include a link at the end to assist you how to use the multi-meter if needed. If both parts are good, you will need to replace the defrost timer. Once the problem is repaired, you will need to thaw out the ice on the coils before the unit will operate properly. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
Opened frig this morning, spelled burnt plastic and temp was up to about 50deg. Freezer section seemed normal temp. Coils looked OK, slight amount of frost. Light bulb in lower section had burst, the housing had melted a bit. We assumed cause of the melt/burst was the door was left open, though we cannot seem to reproduce any condition which would cause the door to remain open. Checked the defrost thermostat/heater: reads normal (short) when cold. We're defrosting the frig now. Suggestions?
Answer Richard, A few things to check, look at the lower hinges and door closer assemblys, make sure they're not worn or "dragging" (you may want to lubricate the assembly with some grease). Check the refrigerator for level in both directions, then raise the front feet 1/4 inch. This will help in closing and sealing the doors. Make sure there is nothing protruding from the door bins or shelves, and make sure the lower vegetable bins are closed completely. It takes very little to keep the doors from closing properly and sealing.
The ice build up on the freezer coil is the same as many of the questions here. I am replacing the Heater assembly now but need to know where the timer and thermostat is located.
Answer Hello Phil! The defrost thermostat is located on the defrost heater. When you purchase the heater assembly 61006199 you will also receive the thermostat. The defrost timer is an adaptive defrost board 61005988 on your unit and is located in the control area. Thanks!
The refrigerator and freezer both got warm. Ice formed on the back of the freezer. I unplugged it for a day and then plugged it back in. It ran fine for a week and then the same problem occurred. Which part do I need to replace?
Answer Hello Bill,
This is a defrost issue. You will need either a defrost heater and thermostat assembly 61006199, or an electronic defrost control 61005988. On this model, the electronic control is the common part to fail. Be sure, after you install the part, defrost the unit with a hair dryer. The defrost circuit is only equipped to handle the frost build-up from one cycles worth of frost. It cannot defrost two weeks worth of ice build-up and the unit will still not operate properly with the frost build-up blocking the air flow through the coils.
On testing the heater/thermostat: The thermostat reads less than .1 ohm; the heater reads 28 ohms. Is that low enough, or should it be completely closed, at 0 also?
Answer Hello Don. Both parts should have an ohms value. If the thermostat does not have one, you will need to replace the thermostat in the unit. If testing for continuity, not ohms, both parts should read closed for continuity when cold. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. Here is a link on how to use a multi-meter. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
Hello, While defrosting a frozen drain pain on our refrigerator, I noticed the defrost element was not secured on the evaporator coil. I suspected that to be odd. Are the clips that secure the defroster sold by themselves or are they all made on the evaporator assembly? I notice a wire clip in the parts listing but not sure were it attaches and might there's a detailed picture of the defrost heater properly attached to the evaporator coil. The fridge is in a remote location and I am wondering if the clips may have been broken of by the previous owner, and possibly should I order some parts to take back on my return trip? Thank you Kindly. You have a great Webb site and I will share this with all of my friends and Family. Respectfully Yours, Casey Bartlett
Answer Hello Casey,
The defrost heater was originally designed to be held up by one of these clips 67005457 in the middle of the bottom of the defrost heater. I was working for Maytag Corporation when these were being produced and all of us technicians complained that the defrost heaters were "drooping" after heating up several times. Their fix was telling the technicians to order two of the clips and put one on each end of the bottom of the evaporator to properly support the heating element. Of course the issue here is the fact that the heater, when "drooping", has malformed and two clips cannot be installed. If you force them on, the heating element being made of calrod material can crack and destroy the heating element. Therefore, if the heating element 61006199 is malformed, it must be replaced to prevent melting the plastic liner in the freezer compartment.