Things break. It happens.
It’s certainly not going to fix itself.
Do-it-yourself refrigerator repair is always an option.
Really, who wants to rely on someone else who would take a week, then charge you $200 to tell you he has to order the part? I certainly don’t, and if you’re reading this chances are you don’t either. Anyone inclined otherwise can leave or turn away, because the rest of us are going to roll up our sleeves and get into some do-it-yourself Maytag refrigerator repair.
As appealing as the idea is to stick your hands into a broken electrical appliance, let me preface this by saying that refrigerator repair should only be done by three types of people: those who are trained electricians, those who have decent accidental injury insurance, and those who like to take chances. The author strongly suggests getting a licensed repair person to handle any major malfunction you may encounter. That being said, let’s get to it with some of the most common problems and their solutions.
The most common problem that people around the internet seem to have is the electrical panel blinking, beeping and swinging the ice chute open and closed while also ceasing to function at all. Rather than putting your fridge down before it becomes self aware, there’s an even easier solution.
Simply unplug it for around half an hour, plug it back in, then let it restart itself. This should reboot the control inside, fixing your problem.
If this doesn’t work, then it is most likely a large internal failure and should be replaced by a service tech.
If your fridge is collecting ice in the bottom of the freezer, however, it is very likely that you can fix it in a matter or minutes. The problem is probably that your drain is clogged by ice freezing over the top. Just remove any built up ice you see until you can remove the lower basket.
Once you’ve removed it, clear away the ice behind it until you can see the drain in the back.
You may have to remove the back panel of your freezer to find it. Once you do, melt the ice with hot water or a blow-dryer until water pours easily and freely down the drain, explaining that it is unclogged.
Do-it-yourself Maytag refrigerator repair is an entirely valid option, but keep in mind that major problems should always be fixed by a company provided repairman, if for no other reason than to avoid voiding your warranty.