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How to Troubleshoot a Maytag Freezer

Jon Stefansson

The most common Maytag freezer problems can sometimes be resolved by following manufacturer-approved troubleshooting tips. These simple steps eliminate the need for a repair service call, potentially saving you time and money if you can identify the problem and fix it yourself. Common freezer problems include a lack of power, food defrosting, ice buildup and excessive motor noise. Troubleshooting your Maytag freezer will take roughly 10 minutes.

  1. Ensure the freezer is firmly plugged in to a three-pronged grounded outlet and, if necessary, make sure the outlet is switched on. Check that the temperature control dial inside the freezer is not set to "OFF" and that the outlet provides power. Plug a lamp into the outlet to check for electricity; if the lamp does not lightm make sure your household fuses or breakers are working correctly.

  2. Verify that the freezer door is able to close properly. Items stored in the freezer, ice buildup and misaligned shelves can prevent the door from closing, allowing cold air to escape and causing the freezer to malfunction. Make sure the door is able to close tightly and remove obstructions if necessary. An open door can cause the freezer to run longer, defrost or ice up.

  3. Examine the freezer gaskets for corrosion, wear or damage. The rubber gaskets that surround the freezer door provide an air-tight seal between the outside environment and the cold air inside the freezer. If the gasket is loose or damaged, the freezer will not cool as efficiently, causing it to run longer, defrost or ice up.

  4. Reconsider how you use your freezer. The freezer will run longer if the door is regularly opened, held open or warm items are placed inside. Limit the occasions on which you open the freezer door and never hold the door open for more than a few seconds. Only items already at room temperature are suitable for freezing. Confirm that the vents on the rear wall of the freezer are not blocked by food. The freezer can run longer or partially defrost without adequate airflow from the vents.

  5. Consider the environment and location of the freezer. Particularly warm weather will require the freezer to run longer to keep the stored food frozen. Move the freezer away from heat-generating appliances like ovens or clothes dryers and, ensure that there is adequate room for air to circulate all around the freezer.