Pathogenic bacteria, the nasty bacteria that cause food poisoning, flourish in temperatures above 40 degrees F and may double in number in just 20 minutes when not cooled properly, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Maytag refrigerators keep your food items at temperatures below 40 degrees; however, at times your Maytag fridge may not cool properly, and determining the cause reduces the risk of food-borne illnesses and food spoilage.
A common reason a Maytag refrigerator doesn’t cool properly is a damaged door gasket. The door gasket is the rubber seal fastened on the inside of the door, around the outside perimeter of the door. This gasket acts as a seal, keeping cold air in and warmer air out. Occasionally the gasket cracks or pulls away from the door, breaking the seal. Examine the gasket on all sides, and pull gently on it to ensure there are no adhesion problems and that it’s not brittle.
The thermostat on a Maytag refrigerator, typically a small panel with two dials--one for the freezer section and one for the refrigerator section--require setting at the correct temperature. Several factors determine which temperature setting is right for your refrigerator, including the temperature of the room in which the refrigerator is located, how often the door is opened on a daily basis and your personal temperature preference. Keeping the refrigerator in a hot room makes it work harder and longer to cool the compartment, while opening the door frequently allows warm air in, dropping the interior temperature.
Maytag refrigerators cool items by circulating cold air throughout the compartment. When airflow is restricted, either by storing too many items inside or by a blockage in the airflow vent, the refrigerator may not cool properly. To avoid restricting airflow, keep as much space as possible between items so the air flows freely through the refrigerator, and avoid placing items directly in front of the air vent, typically located on the temperature control dial panel near the rear of the fridge.
Maytag refrigerators have a condenser, consisting of a cooling fan and coils, which cools refrigerant gas into a liquid. The coils, located either on the underside of the fridge or on the back, are thin tubes resembling a radiator and occasionally become clogged with dirt, dust and other debris, reducing the refrigerator's cooling ability. If your condenser coils need cleaning, unplug the fridge, wipe with a cloth dampened with warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly.
The evaporator coils, located behind the panels in the freezer compartment of Maytag refrigerators, evaporate the liquid refrigerant, which in turn cools the air inside the refrigerator. These coils can accumulate frost buildup, interfering with the cooling process. Though you can’t see the coils without disassembling the freezer compartment, you can inspect the inside walls and ceiling in the fridge compartment; if frost or ice is present, the evaporator coils may have frost buildup and require servicing by a qualified Maytag repair technician.
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