This cannot be good

25 Dec 2012 admin In G+ Posts

Comments: 17

  1. Neil Lund 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    Nope. Unplug it and let it defrost. Then check to see what is causing the heater elements not to work.

  2. Brent Burzycki 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    I think it is Santa…

  3. Dean Sonneborn 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    Looks like you have a bad temp controller and so the freezer is not going into defrost cycle. This happened to me last year and it looked just like this.

  4. Neil Lund 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    That sounds like the right idea

  5. Brent Burzycki 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    I can say this my neighbors refrigerator is now full of food…)

    My roommate packed the freezer full.. I think too full.. I am hoping a defrost will fix it.. If not it's new refrigerator time I guess…

  6. David Hancock 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    You can speed up the defrost with a hair dryer. If it is the temp controller the defrost will last a few days and it will freeze up again. It only costs a couple hundred to fix.

  7. Brent Burzycki 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    I am currently on my kitchen floor with a hairdryer and a roll of paper towels…. I get all the full stuff… Roommate picked a good time to leave the house for a few days…

  8. BJ Denenberg 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    Could also be your defrost element. After it's thawed, have a look at the element and see if it looks burnt. It's a cheap fix if that's the case. I like your tripod and hairdryer approach. I shoved a small space heater in there when mine went. Kept a fat sponge underneath and squeezed that into a bucket every so often. Good luck!

  9. Brent Burzycki 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    Oh I figured out there are multiple drain pans… Not only one underneath.. But hey the kitchen floor is clean now

  10. Brent Burzycki 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    +BJ Denenberg I will need to become a refrigerator repair person tomorrow.. to find the defrost element.. I assume it is on the backside of that assembly….

  11. BJ Denenberg 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    If it's like mine, it should look kind of like a halogen light tube – glass, with ceramic ends. If you Google "replace refrigerator defrost element," you should be able to find not only help in the repairs, but sources for the part, too. Keep in mind that it could also be your temperature controller that's faulty, as Dean mentioned, so make sure before you order parts.

  12. Brent Burzycki 25 Dec 2012 Reply


  13. BJ Denenberg 25 Dec 2012 Reply

    I just remembered – mine had an aluminum guard around it, so see if you spot that. It was held in place by two screws, and was at the bottom of the assembly (heat rises, ya know). 

  14. Brent Burzycki 28 Dec 2012 Reply

    Happy to report.. refrigerator is out of the ICU and working perfectaly.. actually better than ever.. thanks for the suggestions to all

  15. BJ Denenberg 29 Dec 2012 Reply

    Glad to hear it, Brent! So, which part turned out to be the culprit?

  16. Brent Burzycki 29 Dec 2012 Reply

    Nothing wrong just frozen up….. No airflow I think was the issue..

  17. Kirk Reed 10 Mar 2014 Reply

    My Maytag looked almost exactly like this.  First time it was a bad capacitor (as I remember) on the control board in the refrig side where the temp control lever was.  Second time, it was just frozen up and worked after melting it.

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