Your Maytag refrigerator is one of the best possessions you can ever have on earth. In all sense of the word, the refrigerator is long-lasting. It can actually last for a lifetime, provided it is used and maintained properly. Have you just purchased yours and you want to make it last longer? All you have to do is to maintain the fridge in line with the direction of the manufacture. The manufactures have made things very easy for you. Each unit of the refrigerator comes with user’s manual and you can get the fridge maintained by following the simple instructions provided in the manual. The simple instructions in the user’s manual can also be relied on if you want to carry out Maytag fridge repairs. You will find highlighted in it simple steps you can take to repair any simple damage or fault that may occur in the fridge during use.
This simple write up will open your eyes to some of the simple repairs you can carry out on your own without involving any so-called professional. However, you may have access to free professional repair if the refrigerator is still within the warranty period. The only problem with this is that such repair can take some time, unlike the simple ones you can do at home by yourself in a jiffy that will not take time at all to fix. Some of these repairers can take several hours to respond to your needs. Some of them even take a couple of days. Instead of waiting for them, you can just get things repaired by yourself. Be that as it may, you need to be fully aware of the dangers involved in getting things done by yourself.
- You will forfeit the warranty on the Maytag refrigerator once you have tampered with any of the components during such repair
- You may get things wrong, which may cause more fault in the refrigerator.
But if you know what you are doing, you will never have a problem with any of the issues mentioned above. Some of the faults occurring in the refrigerator are simple faults that can be repaired or corrected without having to touch any of the components of the fridge. When the fault involves tampering with the components, it is better to call on any of the experts in the field, especially if the fridge is still within the warranty period. If the warranty period has passed, you can get the repair done without having to bother about any of the issues mentioned above.
Get all requirements ready
Before or after you have purchased the refrigerator, make sure you get everything needed for the Maytag fridge repairs ready. Get parts and supplies for refrigerator repair ready, especially the replaceable parts of the fridge. You also need to get a number of repair equipment ready, like the screwdriver, the nut driver, syringe-type turkey baster, blow dryer, alligator jumpers, electric pliers, butt connectors, flashlights, volt-ohm meter and condenser brush.
The screwdriver you buy must be the Philip and flat head types. Make sure you get up to 3 different sizes, especially 6″, 4″ and stubby. The nut-driver to can be up to three and of different sizes. The blow dryer and the syringe type turkey baster can be used to melt the ice and frost in the fridge manually when the need arises to manually defrost.
The alligator jumper is useful to test the electric circuit in the fridge. They can be bought easily in any of the local electronic stores around and they are very cheap. You may want to get up to 5 different types. With the electric plier, you can easily strip and cut small electric wires during the repair. You can splice the small wires using the butt connectors. The flashlight is needed to light up the back and interior of the fridge as well as its underside. The condenser brush on the other hand can be used to clean out the dusty black hole underneath the fridge. The condenser requires this special cleaning to make it function to its full actively remove dust from the condenser grill. They are relatively cheap.
Before you attempt to carry out Maytag fridge repairs; first turn off the refrigerator to ensure you do not get a dose of electric current in you in the process of repairing the fridge. If the dose is high enough; you may end up being electrocuted: whenever you want to repair the fridge, first empty the content of the tray under the freezer and also remove the content of the fridge. You can place them back once the repair is concluded. How can you keep your foods cooled pending the time the repair is done simply get a cardboard box or an ice chest and put the contents inside to cool pending the time they are returned into the fridge.
If the fan of the fridge suddenly stops working; do not attempt to repair it. Instead, replace it. The repair manual attached to each unit of the fridge has a list of items to be replaced in the event such items or parts stop working and the fan is one of those items. However, you should not be in a hurry to replace the fan. You may get it running again by simply flipping it with your finger or some other long item. However, this repair is a temporary solution as the fan may stop working again. It is always better to get it replaced once you notice that the fan stops working.
Is the refrigerator not defrosting? The best to do in this regard is to switch of the fridge and allow the frost or ice to melt. This manual solution almost always gets things resolved. The same problem may not come up again until after several weeks. The defrost problem must be fixed without any delay whatsoever to ensure the longevity of the refrigerator. You do not need the help of experts to carry out many of the Maytag fridge repairs including this one. Once the fridge had been defrosted, make sure you are on the lookout for the problem to occur again and nip it in the bud once it comes up.
Do you notice that the fridge is not as cool as it is supposed to be? The best to do in this regard is to check if the fridge is well closed. If the door is not in close contact with the fridge, the fridge’s temperature may not be as low as desired and this will lead to loss of its gas and loss of energy, which will tell on your energy bill. All you need to do in this regard is to close the door tightly. In most cases, this simple step corrects the problem. If this does not correct the problem, then get an f-gas regulated engineer to check the gas content of the fridge; it is possible the ammonia gas in the condenser has depleted. Best to do is to refill the gas. You may however not be able to do this on your own. So, call on trained experts to help out.
If the condenser is running perfectly but the fridge is not cold, the best to do is to first check the control. If they are not set properly, adjust them. Check also if the condenser is clean. If not, get it cleaned using the condenser brush mentioned earlier. Check the condenser fan also and get it replaced if it is not running. If there is anything obstruction the fan, remove it or get the motor of the fan replaced. In the course of carrying out this Maytag fridge repairs, check the evaporator fan operation and get rid of any blockage. You can also replace its motor is the first solution does not help out. Finally, check if the door switch is defective and replace it.
Buildup of frost
This is among the easiest forms of Maytag fridge repairs to perform. What you need to do before effecting repair is to check the pattern and quality of the frost. If the frost is uneven, the problem is most probably due to faulty compressor or Freon charge. In this regard, you must call on trained technicians to handle things. If on the other hand the frost is of snowy ice configuration, clear off the ice and the defrost drain and the fridge will bounce back to life again.
You can as well make use of gas defroster for the repair if you have one. Check other aspects of the fridge like the defrost system, the hot gas solenoid and the timer for any defective part. Make sure such defects are removed without delay. You also need to replace any defective parts in the thermostat, heater, icemaker and any other part of the defrost system.
As hinted earlier, you may not be able to handle all the faults in the refrigerator by yourself, since you may not have the technical knowledge to get some of them done. The best to do in this regard is to call on the experts to help with the Maytag fridge repairs.