My Maytag Side-by-Side Refrigerator Is Not Cooling

Your new Maytag side-by-side refrigerator may not cool down as quick as you expect it to after you plug it in, or if you have an older refrigerator you may experience cooling problems. Either way, it can leave you with spoiled food or make you unwilling to place anything in it for fear it won't cool. Maytag recommends troubleshooting a few issues, mainly user errors, that could affect your refrigerator's cooling.

Step 1

Plug your Maytag side-by-side refrigerator into a grounded three-prong outlet.

Step 2

Press the "Temperature" button on the temperature control panel to check the selected temperature settings. The factory-recommended settings are zero degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer and 37 degrees Fahrenheit for the refrigerator. Set the temperature correctly if the temperatures are set too high.

Step 3

Give the refrigerator 24 hours to properly cool. After making temperature adjustments, wait another 24 hours for the refrigerator to cool.

Step 4

Lower the fridge and freezer temperature setting by one degree if it still feels warm, even when set on the factory settings.

Step 5

Check the air vents on the panel between the freezer and refrigerator compartment for blockages and remove them, if the refrigerator continues to stay warm.

Step 6

Allow 24 hours for the refrigerator to cool back down after loading it with a large quantity of warm food.

Step 7

Open the door as little as possible and make sure you close the door securely to prevent warm air from entering the refrigerator; this may significantly lower the temperature inside. Do not place your Maytag side-by-side in areas where temperatures exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit or go down below 55 degrees; this also affects the refrigerator's internal temperature.

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