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Our Maytag Fridge won't stop beeping (door alarm). This

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Hi there, our Maytag...
Hi there, our Maytag Fridge won't stop beeping (door alarm). This started after a power outage in the middle of the night. The fridge is past warranty (1 year) and we don't have the extra money for a service call right now, and the alarm is making us crazy. Is there a way to disconnect the alarm? The temperature was not affected.
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Sorry, I would like this to say "How would we disconnect it?"
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Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 1 year ago
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Hi, welcome to Just Answer. Sorry to hear you are having appliance trouble, I know how frustrating that can be! My name is ***** ***** I look forward to helping you!

You would need to modify the control board by desoldering the alarm from it. I would strongly advise against that as you will likely damage the control. Have you tried unplugging it for at least 15 minutes to allow a full discharge and reset of the control?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Hi Kelly,
Thank you for responding so fast! I left in unplugged for 30 to be safe. That didn't reset it. I also checked all along the seals. The light sensor for the freezer often freezes shut slightly so I cleaned it off and the lights inside the fridge worked again and the door ajar sensor turned off, but after about two minutes it started again. I checked the seals along the fridge and they all were intact, also.
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 1 year ago

May I please have your model number so I am able to provide you with accurate, model specific information?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Sure. Sorry I didn't give it to you right away. MFI22665xeb5
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 1 year ago

So if the temperatures are not affected, the issue is not one with the door closing but rather the alarm circuit on the board. That will require the board, number 36 in the diagram at the link below, be replaced.

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The link below is to the part you will need from a highly recommended company rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau. They offer a 100% money back guarantee, EVEN ON INSTALLED ELECTRICAL PARTS, for an entire year! They are the only company to allow returns on installed parts for a refund and offer a FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY!

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
If we take that piece out, will the alarm stop beeping even if we do not replace it? We can't afford the part. I do appreciate you posting it very much. I had no clue it would be that pricey. I'm not concerned with the alarm working, just with the beeping to stop.
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 1 year ago

That is the main control for the refrigerator. You could try removing the alarm but if you damage the board, you will not have a working refrigerator at that point and the problem becomes much different and urgent.

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Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 1 year ago

The alarm is on the dispenser board, the little black round thing at the link below. That is what would need to be removed to silence it.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I am a little confused. I'm so sorry! By alarm, are we talking about the actual mechanism that causes the sound or a piece on the board? Are they two different things? I think for us, it might be worth trying. We can get a new fridge (less the bells and whistles) for the same price as a new board. Is the alarm #36 on the diagram?
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 1 year ago

The alarm is on the dispenser board, the little black round thing at the link below. That is what would need to be removed to silence it.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Okay. I understand a little more now. On that part, how might I mess up the board in removing it? It seems like maybe I unscrew the bolt in the middle? Is there actually more to it? I know at the beginning you had talked about some complex soldering and I definitely can't do that.
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 1 year ago

There is no bolt, that is the speaker you see. It is soldered onto the board with micro points of solder. Once you access the board with a soldering iron, you risk damaging the board with the heat or shorting the micro solder points. They are barely able to be seen with a naked eye.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Oh, I see now. Would there be a way too mute the speaker, then, without needing to disturb any of the electronics?
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 1 year ago

You could place a piece of foam over it and tape it in place.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Okay! I think that's a much better solution that attempting to remove it (it seems like based on our conversation, my odds are 100% that we will destroy the fridge). I don't quite understand how to find it, though. There are three small plastic clasps under the sensor area where the dispenser is but I didn't know if that was actually what I should be looking for.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Okay, we'll go get started! Thank you!
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 1 year ago

Thank you so much! Please let me know if you have additional questions or need clarification. Please remember to rate before you leave, using the stars at the top of the page.

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