Maytag Frost Free Refrigerator - Defective Evaporator Fan


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Iceberg

I have purchased five new Maytag frost free top freezer refrigerators in the
last six years. Two of the five refrigerators have had a failure of the
evaporator fan motor (freezer fan). The symptoms in both cases were a
temperature in freezer compartment was OK, and the temperature in the
refrigerator compartment was warm (50s).

I kept the most recent failed fan motor. The manufacturer and part number
is: Panasonic P/N UDQR002MB. I am not sure if the first failed fan motor was
the same part number, but it looked physically similar.
 
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I have purchased five new Maytag frost free top freezer refrigerators in the
last six years. Two of the five refrigerators have had a failure of the
evaporator fan motor (freezer fan). The symptoms in both cases were a
temperature in freezer compartment was OK, and the temperature in the
refrigerator compartment was warm (50s).

I kept the most recent failed fan motor. The manufacturer and part number
is: Panasonic P/N UDQR002MB. I am not sure if the first failed fan motor was
the same part number, but it looked physically similar.
 
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Iceberg

No, I was not asking a question. I was providing information that may help
someone else diagnosing a problem with a Maytag frost free refrigerator.
With two refrigerators out of five with the same failure, I am sure there
must be a lot more out there with the same problem. I did searches through
Google Groups and it didn't yield any other failures similar to mine. So
strange, since I have had two.
 
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Edwin Pawlowski

Iceberg said:
No, I was not asking a question. I was providing information that may help
someone else diagnosing a problem with a Maytag frost free refrigerator.
With two refrigerators out of five with the same failure, I am sure there
must be a lot more out there with the same problem. I did searches through
Google Groups and it didn't yield any other failures similar to mine. So
strange, since I have had two.
Not strange to me. I've encountered it a few time with the fridge at home
and a couple at work. Quick and cheap fix compared to calling a service tech
out.
 
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Iceberg

I find it "strange" because I couldn't find failures of the evaporator fan
in the newsgroups doing searches through Google.
 
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jeff

Iceberg said:
I have purchased five new Maytag frost free top freezer refrigerators in the
last six years. Two of the five refrigerators have had a failure of the
evaporator fan motor (freezer fan). The symptoms in both cases were a
temperature in freezer compartment was OK, and the temperature in the
refrigerator compartment was warm (50s).
Hi,

I kept the most recent failed fan motor. The manufacturer and part number
is: Panasonic P/N UDQR002MB. I am not sure if the first failed fan motor was
the same part number, but it looked physically similar.
There has been 2-3 versions of this fan motor, panasonic can't get it
right :~\

Any of the white body panasonic motors I have been converting over to
a different style....means changing the wire ends...

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=153&N=778018
Motor, evaporator fan

jeff.
Appliance Repair Aid
http://www.applianceaid.com/
 
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Iceberg

Bingo, Jeff

This confirms my suspicion that the Panasonic evaporator fan motors have an
inherent design flaw. Thanks for the information.

I replaced the evaporator fan motor with Maytag P/N 61004888, which required
cutting off the plug and replacing the connections with slide-on crimp
terminals.

It's just too bad that Maytag hasn't been up front about this problem and
installed new evaporator fan motors in the affected refrigerators. I can
just imagine the huge amount of money that has been bilked from the U.S.
population through repairs because of these faulty parts.
 
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jeff

Iceberg said:
Bingo, Jeff

This confirms my suspicion that the Panasonic evaporator fan motors have an
inherent design flaw. Thanks for the information.

I replaced the evaporator fan motor with Maytag P/N 61004888, which required
cutting off the plug and replacing the connections with slide-on crimp
terminals.

It's just too bad that Maytag hasn't been up front about this problem and
installed new evaporator fan motors in the affected refrigerators. I can
just imagine the huge amount of money that has been bilked from the U.S.
population through repairs because of these faulty parts.
Maytag is just buying these parts from someone else :(

I am glad we could help :)

jeff.
Appliance Repair Aid
http://www.applianceaid.com/
 
I

Iceberg

Another failure of an evaporator fan motor. This makes three out of five
refrigerators that have had a failure of the
evaporator fan motor (freezer fan). This failed fan motor was a Panasonic
P/N UDGR002MGL. How to go Maytag. After having the same failure in three
different Maytag frost free refrigerators, I now vow to never buy another
Maytag product.
 
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Jeff

As seen from alt.home.repair,
on 29 Jul 2004 09:01:18 -0700,
There has been 2-3 versions of this fan motor, panasonic can't get it
right :~\

Any of the white body panasonic motors I have been converting over to a
different style....means changing the wire ends...

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=153&N=778018
Motor, evaporator fan

jeff.
Appliance Repair Aid
http://www.applianceaid.com/
I have a Magic Chef, which is made by Maytag. It has the same white-
body evaporator fan motor described above. This fridge was new when it
was delivered in Nov., 2002-- the motor has failed after only 3 years
and a couple months of use.

Remember the ad campaign featuring the bored Maytag service tech who
has nothing to do? When I called the factory service center to ask
about warranty coverage, wait time on hold to speak with a rep was
nearly half an hour. :) Of course, the fan is out of warranty. Price
for the listed replacement motor at most appliance parts houses: $50.

My first thought was that I have an unreliable product, and that I can
look forward to more repair bills in the future. That impression seems
to be supported by several articles I've read in the Google groups
archives concerning Maytag products. Would you agree with that
assessment of Maytag? I also get the idea from articles in this group
that this motor is one of the most common components to fail in any
refrigerator. Does that tally with your experience?

This fridge was provided for free by my power utility under a
replacement program designed to offer low power consumption
refrigerators to a low-income person (like me) who couldn't afford
one. Fortunately, I've managed to save up, so that I now have the
option to go buy a new one. Point is, I currently have no money
invested in this fridge.

I've long had the impression that Whirlpool/KitchenAid is the best and
most reliable. I bought a Whirlpool gas range at www.appliancesmart.com
(nice to see they're still in business), which offers overstocked and
cosmetically blemished appliances at significant discounts. It has been
trouble-free for 7 years (I'd been holding my breath about the ignitors
but, so far, so good).

So, my questions: in my circumstances, and keeping possible future
service bills in mind, would you replace the fan motor or the whole
fridge? Is Whirlpool still reliable, or would you recommend a different
make? Can I look forward to something that's a little bit better than 3
years of service from the most failure-prone components in whatever
make you would recommend?

Thanks,

Jeff
 
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Jeff

As seen from alt.home.repair, on
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 21:00:55 GMT,
Jeff said:
So, my questions: in my circumstances, and keeping possible future
service bills in mind, would you replace the fan motor or the whole
fridge? Is Whirlpool still reliable, or would you recommend a different
make? Can I look forward to something that's a little bit better than 3
years of service from the most failure-prone components in whatever
make you would recommend?
Nevermind. I went and got a Whirlpool. Thanks, you guys, for all the
helpfull replies. :| ..!.
 
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m2machine

I had the same problem with our 4-year old Maytag refrigerator. The
replacement Panasonic evaporator motor cost $65, and I'm really
disgusted with Maytag and will be looking at other manufacturers.
We're looking at all new appliances for a new house, and according to
the reliability data I've seen, Maytag is in the middle of the pack (at
best) for most appliances. Kitchenaid was usually lower, and Whirlpool
and Kenmore were usually at the top.
 

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