Maytag Refrigerator Control [Issues Solved]

A Maytag refrigerator control allows you to use the refrigerator’s functions by pressing the buttons. This article explains possible control panel problems and solutions.

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Maytag Refrigerator Control Panel Not Working – Quick Fix

Reset the refrigerator by disconnecting it from electric power for about one minute. Plug it back to electric power and wait for the compressor to run. The control panel should reset after this time. You may also check for a dedicated reset button and press it. Consult the user manual for directions.

You can also reset the control panel by pressing the Energy Saver and Lighting buttons simultaneously. Hold them for about ten seconds and the panel resets and may begin working again.

If that does not work, check the determine whether or not there was a recent power outage or the unit is in demo mode. Also, it may be in Sabbath mode, which disables the control panel functions. This article explains the steps and how to resolve the issue.

Maytag Refrigerator Control Panel Blank – What to Do

To troubleshoot a Maytag refrigerator with a blank control panel, start by locating the program code. It should be on the tag that bears the serial number, also called the serial tag. Next, go to the door alarm button and press it. Hold it while you press the temperature down button for the freezer.

Hold the button for about three seconds and release the door alarm button. Wait another three seconds before releasing the temperature button. The display should show PE, indicating that the refrigerator has entered the programming mode. Now, press the temperature down button for the freezer one more time and the display will show the program code. It must be the same as that on the serial tag or plate. 

If the code is wrong, you can try entering the correct code to get the unit up and running again. Go to the refrigerator temperature buttons and press the up or down button. The code on the display should change; the decimal point signifies the digit you select. Next, press the temperature up button for the freezer to choose the next number. 

When you have the correct code on the display, press the temperature down button for the freezer again and hold it until the code begins to blink on the display. Once it begins to blink, you know the code is saved. Finally, press any button on the panel to exit the mode.

However, if the program code on the display is the same as the one on the refrigerator cabinet, go to the door alarm button, press and hold it for about three seconds to leave the programming mode. The control panel should be working by now. If these steps do not keep the control panel from going blank, contact the Maytag Service Center and request service.

Maytag Refrigerator Control Panel Lights Flashing – Solved

Try resetting the refrigerator by disconnecting it from electric power for at least one minute. When the time elapses, reconnect the refrigerator to electric power and wait for the compressor to resume operations. This hard reset should fix the control panel’s flashing lights. Minor errors can cause this problem and a simple reset usually fixes these errors.

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But if the flashing lights continue after the reset, you may have a problem with the main control board. Control boards rarely get damaged but moisture and heat can eventually destroy them. The same is true for a Maytag refrigerator main control board. In some cases, the flashing lights are accompanied by the ice chute door or flap constantly opening and closing. Contact Maytag to get the correct replacement for the board or get it from a trusted dealer using the refrigerator’s model number.

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How to Replace a Maytag Refrigerator Control Board

Usually, a professional technician should replace the board when you get it. However, you may have the know-how and skills to do it yourself to save money. So, do the following to replace the main control board:

Disconnect the refrigerator from electric power and move the unit to create space at the back. It may take you one hour or less to replace the board, depending on your expertise. So, you may not need to store the food in the refrigerator someplace else. 

The control board is usually at the bottom back of the unit, so you will need enough space to work. An access panel covers the board and you need to unmount the holding screws on the panel to remove it.

Once you remove the access panel, you see the control board. Next, remove the wires connected to the board through which other components in the refrigerator draw power. It may help to take photos of the connections for reference when it is time to reconnect the wires.

Tabs secure the control board to the refrigerator, so use a small screwdriver to release the tabs. When the tabs are no longer locked, you can lift the control board completely out of the refrigerator. Put the new control board in the place of the old one, snap it in to lock the tabs, and reconnect the wires. Here is where the photos will come in handy; you can consult them to make the connections. Lastly, put the access panel back in place and mount the holding screws.

Reprogram the Board to the Refrigerator

When the main control board is in place, you need to reprogram it to the refrigerator. Find the unit’s program code on the cabinet; it should be on the serial plate. Locate the door alarm button on the panel and press it. Hold the button and press the temperature down button for the freezer.

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Next, hold the temperature button down while you release the alarm button. After three seconds, the display should show PE; it means the unit is entering the programming mode. Now, press the temperature down button once again to confirm the mode. At this point, the display should show the current program code and it must be the same as that on the serial plate. If it is, you are done; hold down the alarm button for about three seconds to exit the mode.

But if the code displayed does not match the one on the serial plate, adjust it to match. The temperature up button for the freezer allows you to select the code digit you want to change and the refrigerator’s temperature buttons to move the value up or down. When you have the correct program code on the display, press the freezer’s temperature down button to confirm it. A flashing code indicates it is saved.

Maytag Refrigerator Dispenser Control Board Not Working – Quick Fix

You may notice the ice chute door flapping open and shut while the refrigerator is running. Typically, the door should stay shut when not in use, but if it begins to operate constantly, the dispenser board may be faulty. 

Turn the refrigerator off and back on after one minute or more and see if it resets the dispenser control board. If the problem continues, you need a new dispenser board. Always purchase a new one using the refrigerator’s model number and use trusted dealers or contact Maytag for the right part.

Maytag Refrigerator Temperature Control Location

The temperature control thermostat or temperature control for a Maytag refrigerator is usually within the fresh food section. You may find it on the ceiling or attached to the back of the section. Consult the user manual for the thermostat’s exact location within the refrigerator.

Maytag Refrigerator Control Panel Locked – What to Do

Locate the lock button, which may be labeled To Lock, on the control panel. The display on the panel may show a locked padlock, indicating that the panel and dispenser functions are locked. Press the button and hold it for about three seconds; the display will countdown from three to one and the locked padlock will unlock. That means the panel is no longer locked and you can use the dispenser.

Maytag Refrigerator Lock

The lock feature in a Maytag refrigerator allows you to disable the dispenser functions and control panel features. It comes in handy if you have children around the house or want to conserve the refrigerator use whenever you are out.

Maytag Refrigerator Damper Control Location

The damper control in a Maytag refrigerator is within the vent through which cold air comes into the refrigerator. It is a small door or flap that opens and closes as the cold air comes through to allow just the right amount to flow from the freezer into the refrigerator. 

Typically, it is on the refrigerator’s top or close to the top of the refrigerator’s back panel. A thermostat controls the damper, determining when it closes or opens, based on the refrigerator’s air temperature. In some refrigerators. The timer determines when the damper works, or even the timer and the temperature.

Maytag Refrigerator Stopped Working – Solved

If you find that your Maytag refrigerator stopped working, check the power supply. Start with the circuit breaker; ensure it is not tripped. Next, check the wall outlet and the refrigerator’s power cord. Replace or repair whatever is faulty. But if the power supply is not the problem, check the fan motors, condenser coils, thermostat, evaporator coils, compressor, and start relay, as this article explains.

Maytag Refrigerator Moisture Control Button

Some Maytag refrigerators have a humidity control button that helps control moisture buildup on the refrigerator door’s hinged seal. The seal carries a heater that keeps the surface warm enough to prevent condensation.

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There is a dedicated button for humidity or moisture control and once you press the button, the indicator comes on, showing that the heater inside the seal is operating. Some models use a touchpad interface to govern the control. Consult the refrigerator’s user manual for steps to use the control.

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Maytag Refrigerator Ice Maker Control Blinking Red – Solution

Ensure the freezer door is shut for at least ten seconds before opening it. Open the door and find the door switch; push the switch in for a full second and do it three consecutive times. Fater that, close the door of the freezer for at least five seconds but not more than fifty seconds. Open it when the time elapses and check the red light.

If the light flashes two times, pauses, and flashes again, the optics in the ice maker may be defective. You need new optics boards. But if the light is steady and does not flash for at least five seconds, the optics are in good working condition.

There may also be something wrong with the ice maker operations. A part of the ice maker may be stuck due to incorrect operation. You may want to inspect the machine; loosen it and bring it out of the refrigerator for proper inspection. If you find something broken or damaged, it may mean replacing the ice maker. Otherwise, fix the part and try running the ice maker again.

Maytag Refrigerator Temperature Control Not Working – Quick Fix

Turn the temperature control thermostat from the lowest temperature setting to the highest temperature setting. Wait for a click and if you hear it, the thermostat is in good working condition. But if there is no audible click, it may be defective. To be sure it is no longer working, take a multimeter and run a continuity test on the thermostat. If you find no continuity, replace the thermostat.

Without a fully functional thermostat, the refrigerator may stop cooling. It is its responsibility to direct voltage to the cooling system – evaporator fan, compressor, and condenser fan. So, if the thermostat fails, the cooling system cannot get the required voltage to operate. Since it is not reparable, the best solution is to replace the thermostat.


A Maytag refrigerator control allows you to change functions in the refrigerator and use it as you should. Without the control panel and other controls in the unit, you may be unable to operate it. Therefore, if you notice issues with refrigerator control, it is crucial to find a permanent solution.

Follow this guide to fix your Maytag refrigerator control and other faulty parts. If you need replacements, contact Maytag for original parts or find a trusted dealer to provide them. And if you are unsure of your skills to replace the parts, use the services of a qualified appliance technician.

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