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Could you kindly let me have the model number of you refrigerator please - and what caused you to be looking at the thermostat?
OK two questions, are the fans in the freezer section working and was the compressor warm, cold or hot?
OK is the condenser fan running when the compressor is running and is the condenser clear of dust?
OK if you look at the compressor you will see one large pipe coming out of it, one small pipe coming out of it and one pipe that has been capped or crimped off - can you see them?
OK with the motor running, put your hand on the small pipe and then the big (non crimped pipe) the small one should be hot the large one cold - is that the case?
Cant see on the diagram is the thermostat in the fridge compartment, secondly does the appliance switch on/off from time to time?
OK do you have any food in the fridge at the moment?
does it switch off and on (earlier question) ?
Switching on and off?
OK this is my thinking - and I can show you how to prove it one way or the other.
a. Unit is short of refrigerant (as a result the temperature does not get low enought for the thermostat to operate)
b. Thermostat is faulty (unit gets cold but the thermostat is out of calibration and switches the compressor off too early ie not cold enough.)
This is the way that you find out which it is, note where the two wires fit on the thermostat. Then power off - connect the two thermostat wires together. Power back on - you have now bypassed the thermostat. ie you have no temperature control. Run the appliance and see if the freezer temperature gets down to approx correct temperature. If it does then the thermostat is faulty and needs replacement, if it doesnt then it is short of refrigerant or the compressor is faulty. The water running will not cause the problem.
Yes just hook the two together and tape them up out of the way (make sure you dont connect the ground wire if one is fitted) then monitor the temperature in the freezer. Little thermostat ?? Send me a picture. The thermostat is item number 10 on the attached diagram -- http://www.partselect.com/Models/ASD2620HRW/Sections/CONTROLS-SERIES-50/?ModelID=33557&ModelNum=ASD2620HRW&mfgModelNum=&ManufactureID=1&Selected=56595&Position=3&mfg=Maytag&Type=Refrigerator&Mark=3 --
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No that is the defrost termination thermostat - this is used to control the period of defrosting and has nothing to do with the operating temperature of the appliance. Item 10 on my diagram to you is the operating thermost.
Heading out for 30 mins to pick up my daughter but will be back shortly and pick up where we left off.
OK now you have connected the compressor up directly to the main electric supply - I need you to check in an hour or so and tell me if the freezer temperature has gone down and frozen the water you had in the glass or not ?
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