Model #MTB2176HRW MAYTAG Top-Mount Refrigerator

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  • Controls
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  • Shelves & Accessories
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  • Freezer Compartment
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  • Fresh Food Outer Door
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  • Fresh Food Inner Door
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  • Freezer Outer Door
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  • Freezer Inner Door
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  • Optional Ice Maker Kit-uki1500axx
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  • Supplemental Information
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Q:

My freezer is not cooling enough. The refrigerator does cool enough. The icemaker does not produce enough ice cubes. MTB2176HRW Maytag Maytag refrigeration

A:

Although there many causes of this problem, one of the most common and easy to correct, is removal of dust buildup over the coils and around the fan, which are under the refrigerator. The dust buildup restricts the air that passes over the coils used to cool the refrigerant. First, unplug the refrigerator, slide it out from the wall to where you can reach the back and then remove the screws that hold the cover on at the bottom. Next, use a vacuum with a crevice tool to remove the dust. Be careful not to damage the fan or the coils. Also, the dust is often difficult to remove as it has a tendency to stick in between the coils and their fins. I have noticed this especially true with pet hair. A good way to remove any remaining dust (this is almost always the case) is to start with a brush tool that is commonly used at the end of the vacuum hose. From there, use some type of brush, such a bottle brush or even tooth brush taped to the end of a stick or similar extension to reach all the areas. It is a good idea to brush from both the top and bottom sides of the coils. In the worst case scenario, empty the refrigerator and lay it on its side to have access to all areas. If this does not remedy the problem, you have not wasted your time, as the coils should be cleaned annually to make the refrigerator last and use electricity efficiently. There are many other causes for your problem besides the thermostat you mentioned. They should be done first as they are fast and easy to do before going to the trouble of changing a thermostat that may not be the problem. Check the door gasket for a tight seal by checking with a crisp dollar bill. Make sure the light switch works so that it shuts off the interior light when the door is closed. After cleaning the coils, plug the refrigerator in and check that the fan is not damaged or loose of the motor and blows a good

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Noble -
February 20, 2014
A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com. 
Sorry to hear of the temp issues you are experiencing inside the unit, I know how frustrating that is to have occur.
Presuming the compressor is running and not low on refrigerant, I would agree that it sounds like the temp control needs to be replaced. The freezer section is what creates the chilled air for the unit, and from there it's distributed to the refrigerator section when needed. The temp control controls the amount of chilled air produced based upon the sensor. It sounds like the most logical component to look at.
For convenience, I have included a blue link below that you may click on to be directed to the PartsDirect page to view and purchase the needed part.

Temp Control for Model MTB2176HRW

Let us know if we can be of any further assistance and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
February 20, 2014
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