20 Most Recent Maytag MBB1956GES Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Questions & Answers

To discharge a capacitor, get a long screwdriver with a heavily insulated handle, wood or rubber handle is best. Hold it by the INSULATED handle only and do not touch any metal parts of the unit with your other hand, or any other part of your body. Then place the screwdriver across both contacts of the capacitor to short them together,.hold it there for a few seconds, then repeat the procedure to make sure its totally discharge. Be careful and work slowly to minimize any chance of making a mistake. Some caps car carry quite a charge more than 4000 Volts in the case of microwave ovens!

Maytag... | Answered on Aug 21, 2014

Place all frozen items that are inside the freezer now into a ice chest. Unplug the power cord from wall receptacle that goes to the refrigerator. Place a few towels inside the bottom section of freezer to absorb any water that overflows the freezer floor during manual defrost. Place a bucket of very hot water inside the freezer and close the doors. Give the freezer time to warm up and melt the ice behind the rear wall of the freezer. Click HERE RSW22EOD Freezer Parts Breakdown to view the freezer components. Remove item #20 in that photo to expose the=> 61001846 Defrost Heater Elements The 61001846 Defrost Heater Elements can be seen as item location 20 in this photo=> HERE It may be a good idea to change the 52085-29 Defrost Thermostat It's just easier to get to while replacing the defrost heater elements. I am here if you have questions, John Tripp Appliance 911
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Maytag... | Answered on Jun 23, 2014

Hi if its less than a year, call the manufacturer they will send a repair guy out free of charge to find out the problemf or you.


Maytag... | Answered on Mar 28, 2011

1. is light on in side when you open the door. If not check breakers or fuses.
2. Can you hear the compressor running. If not do you hear any clicking sounds.
3. If you hear clicking sounds, try putting a fan on compressor and unplug refrigerator.
4. Wait one hour.
5. plug back in. If compressor starts let it run and see if it cools, if it doesnt, call service man.
6. If it goes back to clicking, call a service man.
also are the coils clean?

Maytag... | Answered on Feb 26, 2011

change stat or if its auto defrost have the heater tested with a multimeter to see if its open circuit... bsc appliances 07779933829 uk

Maytag... | Answered on Feb 25, 2011

I believe all you will need is a new start relay with overload=> 12555902 or 821744 Overload and the Run Capacitor=> 65889-4 or 674876 Run Capacitor
Their location can be found here=> MBB1956GES Compressor Components
One of those two items has become defective and compressor is now short cycling and overheating. Please unplug until these parts can be checked or replaced, Thanks, Sea Breeze


Maytag... | Answered on Feb 18, 2011


Here is a tip that I wrote about refrigerators and the fan noise that they develop sometimes...

Refrigerator Fan Noise


Maytag... | Answered on Feb 14, 2011


Check out these tips...they can help you figure out what is going wrong withyour refrigerator and why it is not cooling

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Maytag... | Answered on Nov 11, 2010

Flush with a mixture of baking soda and hot water.

Maytag... | Answered on Nov 03, 2010

The start relay on the compressor is bad.
Yes. It is worth repairing.

Maytag... | Answered on Sep 17, 2010

s this sound like a noisey fan . if older model i would replace the fan motor . / other problem could be the fan blade has moved on the motor shaft . so just replace the fan balde .. mm

Maytag... | Answered on Aug 10, 2010

1) Unplug the refrigerator. 2) Empty the contents of the freezer. 3) Loosen / remove as required mounting screws securing the ice maker. 4) Unplug the ice maker's wiring harness from the back of the freezer. 5) Remove the screws along the edge of the freezer compartment back plate. 6) Remove the back plate.

You should now see an ice or frost clogged coil and fin assembly, a heater clipped to the fins and a sensor attached to a portion of the aluminum cooling tube (these last two items will be visible only after defrosting). The last item - the "sensor" is really called a "defrost terminator". It is a thermally operated device - much like a thermostat. It is open or off at around 50 degrees and higher and closed or on below about 50 degrees. Defrost as needed, but do not do it by chipping away at the ice! Damage to the coil will be very costly to repair - better to use a blow dryer to quicken the process rather than tools and sharp objects for chipping.

Disconnect and remove the heater. Check the heater with an ohm meter to be sure it is faulty. Expect about 25 ohms resistance. If it is much more above this value it is suspect and should be replaced. The heater typically is not a high failure item, but they do fail. The defrost terminator or defrost timer assembly is more likely to the culprit.

Tools needed: small sockets or nut drivers, common straight & phillips screw drivers, maybe wire cutter / crimper, maybe an insulated **** splice for the size wire to be cut or other suitable wire connector.

I hope this helps & good luck!

Maytag... | Answered on Jun 18, 2010

Hi and welcome to Fixya. You mentioned the fridge stopped working for about an hour. That is about the time that it takes for a defrost cycle to complete. If something had somehow fallen onto the defrosting element it could actually partially cook during each defrost cycle. The element is covered by a glass tube and the tube gets hot during the defrost cycle.
You will not be able to see this without removing the access cover to the evaporator coils.

Cover is item 4 this link:


In back of the freezer on the very bottom there is a drain that you can not see due to the internal evaporator coil access cover of the freezer compartment. If there is debris in that drain everytime the unit defrosts it can also re-generate the odor.

Check item 3 of this drawing and make sure it is clear.


My suspicions are in the first recomendation above more than the drain.

Also to rid the internal smell.... get a "box" of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, tear the top at least half way back and place it in your Food section. It will over time rid your unit of unwanted odors.

Maytag... | Answered on Feb 06, 2010

no filter are either in the bottom center of the brakeet , in the fridg section upper shelf. but your dont have it :(

Maytag... | Answered on Dec 31, 2009

the gas level are low in the system

Maytag... | Answered on Jun 17, 2009

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