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Old 02-13-2011, 08:19 AM
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Model Number: ABB222ZDEB   Brand: Maytag   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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I have a Maytag ABB222ZDEB freezer-on-bottom fridge and I just experienced what i can now see is a pretty common problem of freezer cold and fridge too warm. I determined that this was caused by the return vents from the fridge compartment being blocked by snow. I cleared the vents and the fridge is cooling again. However when I removed the back panel of the freezer I noticed quite a lot of ice building up. So, obviously the defrost cycle is either too short or not occurring at all. Problem is I can't figure out how to tell the fridge to go into "defrost" mode so I can check if the heater is coming on. There is no defrost timer that I can find in this fridge, there is only the main control panel above the lights in the fridge compartment, and a "Thermistor kit", "Thermostat kit", and of course the heater itself. So how can I tell this fridge to go into defrost mode so I can check the heater?
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there is a test point on the control board in the Fresh food section that you cross out. You can probably save yourself some time diagnosing your defrost problem by checking to see if your defrost terminator is closed if surrounded in ice (common issue) If it is open (no continuity) and it has ice all around it. Then you will need to replace it. You can also ohm out your heater. Check these with the power to the unit off. If both these components check good it will likely be a board replacement.
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The defrost terminator (i think that was it, little black round thing clipped onto the copper cooling coil at the back) was definitely surrounded in ice but it's clear now that I took a hair drier to the whole area. Maybe I'll see if that just works now. Thanks!
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See the attachment for the tech sheet. It gives the procedure on forcing a defrost cycle.

Note: That the defrost thermostat must be frozen for the heating element to turn on.
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well everything was fine for about 2 months and then the fridge was warm again. I removed the back panel of the freezer and not surprisingly everything was covered with snow. Now that I have the service manual (thank you very much!) I was able to force a defrost cycle and that worked perfectly. So now I know that my heater element is working. Must be the timer then I suppose?
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